By Thimothy Agbor, Osogbo
Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe their Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bamitale Omole who they accused of gross financial misappropriation.
This came about two weeks after hundreds of students of OAU asked President Buhari through his minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who gave a lecture on the campus to probe their Vice-Chancellor.
The students under the aegis of Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neo-Liberal Attacks (ANSA), stressed the need for President Buhari to probe the VC before he finished his tenure on June 23, 2016.
Specifically, the students in a release titled: “Save our Soul: Attacks of OAU Authorities On Democratic Rights of Students is Turning OAU into Banana Republic,” demanded for the immediate arrest of Omole by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission and other relevant bodies.
The release signed by the convener of the group, Wole Olubanji, noted that students of OAU were ready to provide evidences to support their claim that their Vice-Chancellor has mismanaged the University.
It read: “Professor Omole has completely led the University away from the principle of mass-literacy, which the institution was built on. So, it is our opinion that the President, National Assembly and the EFCC
especially, must show that the war against corruption is not a mere political propaganda, but a practical effort to make Nigeria work for Nigerians.
“We believe that taking up a comprehensive investigation and probe of the OAU management will show that the regime is not selective or insincere about its war against corruption.
For the students activists, failure of President Buhari to accede to their requests would confirm some notions in certain quarters that his anti-graft war is a mere political gimmicks and one targeted at witch-haunting some individuals.
The students also called for immediate reinstatements of the three leaders of the Students’ Union suspended recently following an alleged confrontation with a lecturer of the institution.
According to them, “the suspension of union and suspension of the three officers of the union are unjustifiable and must be reversed, because it is not a crime to demand for transparency and accountability in our community.
The students who also called for reversal of fees hiked in 2014, warned that “any plan by the authority to increase fees is criminal, especially at a time when the old fees have not been responsibly or effectively utilized.
The students also called for improved learning conditions of students, saying “the conditions of living and learning facilities on campus is appalling and worse off than periods before the 2014 fee increment.
“Students are entitled to improved conditions of living and learning, and that, if conditions are worse off than before, it means the management of the university is questionable.
“It was flowing from this that the union unanimously resolved to vigorously pursue the campaign for the probe of the VC by anti-graft agencies.”