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Osun Governor boycotts OAU visit, following students’ threat*

Posted on November 3, 2016 Wole Adegbule, OAU

The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, On Thursday absconded from a talk/lecture in Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, where he was expected to speak on‘Improving Nigerians economy through diversification’ following the threat by concerned students of the institution to picket him if he shows up.

The student at the early hours of Thursday converged at the Oduduwa Hall, the venue of the lecture, carrying different placards condemning the devastating state of economy in the country and the state.
One of the leader of the group, Comrade Emmanuel Emma, in a conversation with our correspondent said, ”When Great Ife students sneeze, oppressors catch cold’.

The gallant great Ife students disgraced Governor Aregbesola. We are happy that he heeded to the warning by CONCERNED GREAT IFE STUDENTS that his presence on campus would only lead to embarrassment and ridicule. He was told in clear terms that he was not welcomed on campus. 2014 Jonathan protest is still fresh in our memories.”

“We asserted our esteem power despite the
heavy militarization of campus, and the presence
of the SSS. The Governor showed cowardice by
boycotting the event. He ran away. He was nowhere to be found. He couldn’t have come.
The embarrassment in stock was perfectly planned and executed. His advisers should be
paid handsomely for telling him that Great Ife is
a no-go area,” the student leader said.

He however commended the doggedness,
resolute and tenacity of the CONCERNED GREAT
IFE STUDENTS, who despite examinations and
military presence (in anticipation of the Governor’s visit) stood their ground to ensure
oppressors of the Masses are no more celebrated.

Our correspondent who monitored the peaceful
protest disclosed that the students coordinated
themselves in an orderly manner. When the Chief Security Officer, CSO of the institution approached them to persuade them to sheath their sword, he was informed that the protest was meant to register the plight of the masses.

Comrade Omole Ibukun, another leader of the group in his response to the CSO said, ”We are not political thugs. We are not interested in disrupting any program, but Aregbesola is not welcome.”

The lecture which took place at the Oduduwa hall was attended by Professor Pat Utomi, and other dignitaries.

Recall that in 2015, the group also resisted Senator Babajide Omoworare, from visiting the
institution to deliver a lecture. Senator Omoworare, was warned that his presence on
campus would only lead to his embarrassment,
consequently, he yielded to the warnings from
students and evaded the program tactically.

Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, former EFCC boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and other top politicians had also been denied access to the university.

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