The president of the Student Union of Obafemi Awolowo University, Isaac Ibikunle, has vowed to continue protests against the recent fee hike implemented by the school.
In a statement posted on Nairaland, the President, Isaac Ibikunle said there was the possibility that he’d be arrested or killed in the protests, but that it wouldn’t deter him one bit.
“Greatest Ife! The Police have threatened to jail we your leaders if we proceed to protest tomorrow. They even threatened to teargas we the students!
The question is: is this order from our Professor of ‘diplomacy’, the VC or the FG? But little did they know that having at inception addressed the outrageous increment with basic democratic virtues such as diplomacy, appeal, lobbying, negotiation,among others, we are more thanjustified in law, morality or common sense to exercise our fundamental rights of sit-ins, occupying, picketing & protest as ordained by the combined provisions of sections 39 & 40 of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2011 as amended.
Accordingly, it is my humble declaration that we remain fearless & cannot be intimidated in this struggle for this is in defense of the right of the children of the poor, the downtrodden to education. Hence, dear Police, I shall prepare for my arrest tomorrow provided you will allow me come with my toothbrush & paste, pocket Bible & Quran & the Autobiography of Martin Luther Jnr.
Great Ife! We shall proceed to occupy Ife metropolis as Congress have decided while we await the outcome of the meeting between the VC & the Ooni-of-Ife said to have been scheduled for tomorrow by the High Chief Adeyeye Adekola Agoro!”
The university reportedly increased the fee of newly admitted students into Clinical Sciences and Pharmacy by 267 %, Humanities/Social Sciences by 322%, and increased the fee by 253% for students admitted into Sciences.