Photos: OAU Students Protesting Over President Goodluck Jonathan’s Visit, Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, are currently staging a peaceful protest on their campus. The students say they are angry that all activities at their school have been suspended due to President Jonathan’s visit. They also say they are protesting the failure of the educational system under the GEJ administration. The placard-carrying protesters were seen shouting “thief” on all the politicians that storm the venue.
The Students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, also expressed their frustration with the ‘unfavourable’ condition they were subjected to over the presence of President Goodluck Jonathan in the institution. Jonathan is attending a conference with South-West traditional rulers and politicians at the OAU. It was gathered that public buses were not allowed into the school premises and majority of the students had to trek long distances to their examination hall. In one of the instances, a Post Graduate Diploma student was seen arguing with security personnel after she refused entry. Though she explained that she had exam, the security officials refused her plea. Students were also seen protesting at the front of Oduduwa Hall where the meeting was holding.
According to the students, they suspect that the leaders are in the school to endorse the president for 2015, despite “his failure to develop the educational sector.” They also claimed that the meeting subjected them to suffering and was ill-timed because they are writing their examinations. Some of the students also alleged that the buses provided by their union to ease movement were disturbed by politicians. One of them identified as Isreal, said, “This is rubbish. Is the president or politics more important than our lives? How will they subject us to this kind of suffering. Buses were denied entrance and we have to start trekking.” Another student added, “All in the name of presidential visit, all activities are put on hold. We can’t do anything. They should not have brought this kind of meeting here. They should know OAU students don’t like oppressors. They have the gut to come here after increasing our school fees exorbitantly.” According to the students, they suspect that the leaders are in the school to endorse the president for 2015 despite his failure to develop the educational sector. See more photos on page 2