Rival rallies have been staged on the campus of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), in support of and against the suspended vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Olusola Oyewole.
Members of the Senior Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), which spearheaded the petition that led to the suspension of the former Vice Chancellor, organized a mini-party to mark the development.
SSANU chairman in the university, Olurotimi Fasuwon, addressing newsmen, accused the former vice chancellor of bringing the university into disrepute.
“The event was organised to coincide with the shameful end and unceremonious exit of Prof. Oyewole as vice-chancellor of our once glorious university and to give a dossier of the backwardness which he brought upon the university.
“The university had, over the years, enjoyed love, joy and happiness among the various categories of staff. They now live in fear, hate and distrust, courtesy Prof. O.B. Oyewole,” Fasuwon claimed.
Staging a rival rally in support of the suspended vice chancellor, members of the Non Academic staff of Nigerian Universities (NASU), converged at a space behind the senate building.
NASU chairman, Isiaq Odunjo, faulted the suspension of the former vice chancellor, accusing the minister of hijacking the responsibilities of the university’s governing council.
The former vice chancellor was directed by the minister in a letter last Thursday, to proceed on immediate suspension, ahead of the end of his tenure on May, following his arraignment in court for alleged abuse of office.
Odunjo added that the said letter “is a manifestation of executive lawlessness and abuse of office on the part of the minister.”