On The Reinstatement Of The UniBen 5


Of the Greatest Nigerian students! I Would like to use this medium to thank the mass of UniBen students, Nigerian Students, past leaders of the Uniben Students Union, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Civil Society Organisations, Barr. Osagie Obayuwana and Co., Barr. Abraham Oviawe, our friends within the social media space, and the Nigerian press for the solidarity extended to the UNIBEN 5, in the course of our struggle for the reversal of the unconstitutional rustication order ordered by the management of the University of Benin. . It is indeed a victory worth celebrating, especially when we consider the fact that the pride attached to authority in this part of the world makes it impossible to have an authority renounce a prior position. It is only through solidarity of all, as exemplified in the just won struggle of the UNIBEN 5, that the most superior authority of the Nigerian people can be asserted. . Meanwhile, on the question of the UNIBEN 5 writing an “apology letter” to beg for their reinstatement, I should like to make correct that incorrect impression being circulated in the media by the University management. It should be noted that no such letter was written. Apology is an admittance of guilt and an expression of remorse. Since a peaceful protest is not a crime known to the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but a fundermental Human Rights, why then should an apology be tendered? It was upon that rhetorical reasoning that the management’s request for “apology” was rejected. . However, beyond the reinstatement, as its diversionary ploy remains apparent, I do hope the leadership of the Students’ Union Government would immediately initiate a synergy with ASUU—on the latter's position against fee hike—to begin a negotiation with the University Management against its astronomical hike in school and hostel accommodation fees. The management can not and should not be made to escape from the real issues that led to the peaceful protest. . Once again, I say a very big thank you to everyone for the support and love shown to us and solidarity extended to us, in the course of the struggle. It is not over, as long as it remains obvious that the management of the University of Benin, in collaboration with the ruling class, wants to sell out the prestigious citadel of learning through the neo—liberal policy of commercialization and privatization. . The Struggle Continues... Victory is Certain!!! We shall Overcome! Patrick Majekodunmi Benjamin (Sankara) Once Rusticated, now Reinstated Student of UNIBEN

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