BY CHINENYEH OZOR, Nsukka
The crisis at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) following the suspension of the institution’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Dr. Emeka Enejere, which sparked off protests by unions in the university together with youths of the host community, has attracted comments from the Chairman, Nsukka apex traditional decision making general assembly (Oha Nsukka), Chief Emeka Ugwu Chief Ugwu, who said spirit of the founding father of the university, the late Dr. Nnamid Azikiwe, would fight those sowing seeds of discord in the UNN.
Ugwu described the face- off involving ASUU, NASU, SSANU, and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Bartho Okolo, as shameful , explaining that the wrangling in the university was the worst ever witnessed in its history.. He noted with dismay, that the appointment of Enejere as Pro-Chancellor was the highest position ever occupied by an Nsukka man, saying he was not allowed to serve out his tenure as he was removed less than one year after his appointment.
“It is not only that the spirit of Zik will fight to restore the dignity of man at both campuses of the university but the gods of Nsukka land would also never let those who executed the removal of the Pro-Chancellor have peace of mind. The supervising Education Minister, Nyemson Wike, should let the public know the reasons for the removal of Dr. Enejere as the Chairman, Governing Council of the university”, he said.
“Oha Nsukak would join hands with ASUU, UNN Chapter to call on the Presidency to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to unveil the acts of Dr. Enejere that warranted his removal and also look into the allegations leveled against the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Okolo. I would like to point out that Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power, who handed over to the incumbent Vice- Chancellor, left the shores of Nsukka with kudos and laurels because of his benchmark achievements at both Nsukka and Enugu campuses of the university in human and infrastructural development.
The crisis at the university was because of Dr. Enejere’s alleged discovery of an alleged scam at the institution which the authorities saw as a threat to the administration and forced him out. Dr. Enejere came to sanitize the institution so that every other thing in the university would follow due process, that was why the first Nsukka man to occupy that position was suspended because some people felt he stepped on their toes.
“We are still untying the knots of an alleged allegation that one of the leaders of Nsukka Youths Association sold out. We are investigating this because on the day Nsukka youths had a peaceful protest calling for the reinstatement of Dr. Enejere and the removal of the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Okolo, the leader rushed to the university radio “Lion FM” and announced that Nsukka Youths Association was not part of the protest and allegedly invited the police to disperse his colleagues with tear gas. Oha Nsukka has extended an invitation to him and his executive for explanations.”