IMMANUEL KANT SPEAKS
MY ENCOUNTER WITH PROF Y.K YUSUF……. THE TRUE SIDE OF THE STORY
“Tell no lies, Claim no easy victory, Tell it to the people the way it is” -Amilcar Cabral
it is of extreme importance at this hour to salute the doggedness and undaunted sagacity of the members of the Great Ife Republi🁣. It is crystal clear that silence at this period is not just inimical but also criminal as proper explanation to the unfortunate incident that eclipsed November 17 which doubles as the International Students’ Day is due.
It is no rumour that I, Emmanuel O.A. Ojedokun set out in company of three comrades to discharge my constitutional responsibility so as to inform the studentry the recent development within the hemisphere of the union.
While I take into cognisance the right of any lecturer in the class, am also not unaware that the permission of the PRO to make such annoucements comes at the discretion of the lecturer, that forming the template of my thought I approach every lecturer I met in class in the most respectful manner. OAU is for learning and culture.
Prior to the unfortunate incident, I have been to about five classes such as 1000SLT, Firstbank lecture theatre etc, where some permitted me to speak and some did not. In places where I was denied access to talk such as AUD1 where Department of history was having a lecture, i left honourably without causing unneeded commotion.
At exactly 11:25am, I got to ODLT2 with the intent to disseminate the information and leave. With the understanding that lecture was ongoing, the megafone’s siren was intentionally switched off so as not to distract students. I got into EGL 206 class and as a cultured yoruba homosapien, i went directly to the lecturer and said in a mild tone:
“SIR, GOOD MORNING SIR, MY NAME IS IMMANUEL KANT, THE STUDENTS’ UNION P.R.O, PLEASE SIR, CAN YOU PERMIT ME TO MAKE A VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENT FOR LESS THAN A MINUTE?”. To the best of my knowledge that was a request and i was expecting either a YES OR NO.
The Professor’s response was “GET OUT, YOU ARE STUPID”. The response didnot only got me startled, flaggerbasted but also left me in wanderland. Before i could come back to reality, he had grabbed me at the collar of my shirt. While the near-fiasco was taking place, i was able to maintain my cool.
After persuasion from various well-meaning students, I moved out waiting for the lecture to come to an end. contrary to the mis-information pervading the air that i was permitted to speak and afterwards disrupted the class. I make bold to assert that, that is a lie manufactured from the pit of hell, i sincerely hope and pray that our union one day some day will cease to be victim of lies and propaganda from various anti-union elements.
Painstakingly, I took time to address the multitude of Great Ife Students gathered oustide ODLT, having explained myself, students mobilised selves to Department of English to demand explanations.
AT THE FACULTY
The Union wish to use this medium to appreciate the timely Intervention of ASUU which was able to mediate in time. ASUU led by the Chairman, Dr. Caleb Aborisade, OAU Alumni Home Branch Chairman, The H.O.D English Department, The Dean Faculty of Art, John Pillar (A Former Secretary General of the union).
After long hours of Conflict resolution and Peace making , the Union and ASUU arrived at a compromise. ASUU operating on the platform of a sister union promised to get back to the union and settlle the rancour amicably
THE POSITION OF THE UNION
The Students’ Union considers the event as an assault and insult on the union at large. The Union believes that an apology is not a huge demand. However, with ASUU’s intervention, the union is going to express tentative trust in its judgement which is yet to be made known.
However, the union is not in anyway distracted from its main functions and responsibility which is the protecting of the welfare of its members. It must be noted that sanctity and sanity of the union must be perserved.
Emmanuel O.A. Ojedokun
Public Relations Officer, Great Ife Students’ Union.
The Vice Chancellor,
The Division of Student Affair,
The Chairman, ASUU
The Dean, Faculty of Art
The HOD, Department of English
The CSO, Security Unit
The Security Unit
Association Of Campus Journalists
Guild of Editors, ACJ