“Student leaders have an over-bloated image of themselves.” — UI VC

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[Ibadan]–The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan has said that the suspended leaders of the Students’ Union of the institution have an over-bloated image of themselves.

He made this statement in an interview with The Guardian over the weekend.

According to the interview, the VC accused the student leaders of being rude and “having over-bloated image of themselves.”He said: “How do you describe a situation in which a 200-level student is asking the VC to come and apologise to him? Is it morally right for a student to be describing the VC as a disgrace? I was a student in this same university about 40 years ago. I still have some of my lecturers on the payroll of the university. I dare not disrespect them. In those days, you could not even look at an assistant lecturer eye-ball to eye-ball. But today, some of our mighty students want the VC to prostrate for them,” he added.

The VC also revealed that the management decided to shut down the school to protect the lives of the students, alleged that some forces on campus were using the students to disrupt the academic calendar.

On the issue of the contentious identity card, the VC disclosed that the contract for its production that will last four to five years depending on the duration of the studies, has just been awarded, pointing out that the students were just looking for excuses to avoid writing the first semester examination.

“We suggested that they could use their library identity card, course form or clinic identity card as a means of identification to write the exams, they kept threatening that they would not write the exams unless the identity card was produced. And, I am not a magician that will produce 30, 000 cards in a day.”

In what has turned to a media war between the student leaders and the university management,  the students have since countered the closure of the institution by the VC, describing it as undemocratic.

The students, at a press conference at the weekend in Lagos led by the Students Union (SU) President, Ojo Aderemi, noted that the congress that led to the closure, which was faulted by the VC, had nothing to do with his office but bothered on both student matters and national concern.

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