BY DAYO ADESULU

The Adekunle Ajasin University has said that it received with shock, the cold-blooded murder of one its graduates, Mr. Adeniji Kehinde Jehleel, 26, a corps member serving in Bauchi State, by hoodlums and political thugs during the April 16 Presidential poll.

Kehinde was one of the numerous corps members hacked to death by hoodlums protesting the results of a poll adjudged to be peaceful, free, fair and credible even by international election observers.

Speaking recently to journalists, Sola Imoru, Principal Assistant Registrar, Information, Protocol and Public Relations of AAUA condemned the unwarranted and mindless killing of Kehinde saying that the late Kehinde was a brilliant young man imbued with immense potential and leadership qualities. Besides being a dent on the nation’s image and budding democracy, he said his killing while in the service of his fatherland has again called to question, the philosophy, intent and propriety of the National Youth Service Corps.

Imoru said that it will be recalled that none of the killers of corps members by hoodlums has ever been brought to justice noting that a nation which supposed to breed young leaders with budding potential like Kehinde watches hoodlums water its democracy with their blood with impunity.

“The only service the nation can do, to the memories of Kehinde and other fallen corps members is to find their killers and their masterminds and bring them to justice as a way of stemming the tide of mindless killings in the country,” he said.

Imoru lamented that the Nigerian University community is sick and tired of breeding talents that will end up as targets of blood-thirsty hoodlums in a section of the country under whatever guise, stressing that countries across the world protect, educate, provide for and consciously build their successor generation. “We cannot continue to kill our own and expect to grow and compete in the 21st Century world, he added.

Recalling Kehinde antecedent while at the University, Imoru testified that Kehinde demonstrated brilliance, good character and leadership quality adding that he was the President of the Banking and Finance Students Association.

His words: “Kehinde’s life was one committed to the service of God and mankind. His self-professed philosophy was: “Work for your world as if you are going to live in it forever; and work for the next world as if you are going to die tomorrow.”

In Kehinde, the Adekunle Ajasin University has lost a worthy ambassador; Gbongan, his native home, has lost an illustrious son; the nation has lost a patriot, while humanity has lost a friend.

The Adekunle Ajasin University commiserates with the parents and family of Kehinde and prays that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

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