Following a planned protest by some leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago Iwoye, over preparations for the institution’s upcoming student union election, some student leaders have advised students to stay away from campus on Monday.
The protest organisers’ stated objective is to cause disruption in the institution for no reason.
According to Comrades Adeogun Moshood Feyisetan, President of the SUG, OOU, 2022 session, and Sogunro Israel Olutunmise, Public Relations Officer in the same session on Sunday evening, there was no reason for such a protest based on available facts, as preparations to elect new SUG leaders were on track.
“This is to notify the entire student population of an impending protest planned by some NANS comrades to come to the main campus Ago-Iwoye tomorrow, Monday 18th of September 2023.” This is designed to disrupt campus tranquilly, and the Olabisi Onabanjo University Students Union is unaware of their arrival and is not a part of the planned protest.
“Last week, the Electoral Committee began operations and has been in charge of ensuring the smooth operation of the process, with no complaints from any aspirant.” The main campus and its annexes have also been tranquil and trouble-free. The motivation for the scheduled demonstration is unknown, but it is clearly an orchestrated effort to disrupt the existing tranquilly and activity on campus.
“In light of the foregoing, the entire student body is hereby advised to remain off campus tomorrow, Monday.” This is to assure your safety, as the Students’ Union is dedicated to protecting your interests and will work until order and safety are restored.
The union’s officials, as well as security agencies, will be on campus. We implore the entire student body to remain calm and coordinated; there is no cause for concern; we are here for you and committed to protecting your interests at all times,” they added in a statement.