The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye, has cautioned Ife Indigenes against taking laws into their own hands over the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor for the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.
Recall that some traditionalists had staged a protest inside the school against the appointment of the VC, claiming he’s not an indigene of Ile-Ife.
Reacting, the Ooni, in a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Otunba Moses Olafare, urged the protesters to find other legitimate means of airing their grievances.
“Protest is everybody’s right to make his or her unheard voice to be heard. This is always adopted by professional and academic stakeholders/trade unions, ASUU, NASU, NBA, NANS, religious bodies, political parties and even concerned individuals but it must be done peacefully.
“Over the years, the good people of Ife have been a superb host to the University, even as they enrol their children and equally join qualified hands (regardless of background) to work in the citadel of learning.
“The Ife community is proud to have partnered and still partnering the institution through the House of Oduduwa on viable programmes and projects capable of projecting Ile-Ife to the outside world as an ancient city ready for progress and development,” he stated.
He, however, promised that the good relationship between the town and OAU would remain as strong as ever, particularly to the benefit of the younger ones in and outside the university.
“OAU is Ife, Ife is OAU and we shall continue to cohabit in peace for progress,” the statement read.