*Says lives of Nigerians should matter to Tinubu
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan (UI) Chapter, today, tasked the Nigeria Police Force to unravel and arrest the killers of Professor Opeyemi Isaac Ajewole of the Department of Social and environmental forestry Development of the University of Ibadan.
ASUU in a statement signed by the Chairman UI Chapter of ASUU, Professor Ayo Akinwole stressed that in ensuring this, the Inspector General of Police Alkali Baba should assist the Oyo state Police Command with all logistics support needed to unravel and arrest the killers.
The union also tasked President Bola Tinubu to take passionate interest and ensure the security system unmasks the faces behind the murder of the Professor of forest economics and urban forestry.
Condemning in totality the gruesome murder of Professor Opeyemi Isaac Ajewole and charged the security operatives to track down and apprehend the perpetrators of this dastardly, ASUU called on the Nigerian state to resolutely tackle the problem of insecurity in the country, apprehend the killers of Professor Ajewole and punish them most appropriately”
ASUU maintained, ” This is the least tribute that this nation can pay to our fallen hero and friend- Professor Opeyemi Isaac Ajewole.”
” We condemn in totality the gruesome murder of our comrade, Professor Opeyemi Isaac Ajewole and charge the security operatives to track down and apprehend the perpetrators of this dastardly act, with a view to unravelling the motive behind the incident as well as bringing the perpetrators to book”, it said
ASUU added, ” The hearts of every ASUU-UI member are bleeding so profusely as if pierced by swords. Our bones shook so tremendously as if our marrows were naked in the tundra region”.
It stressed that the only tribute which the death of Professor Ajewole deserves is that his killers are brought to justice and that Nigerians’ lives should matter to the Tinubu presidency, adding, “Professor Ajewole’s gruesome murder again reminds us of how valueless human lives have become in our clime.”
” Death lurks in all imaginable and unimaginable corners of this country and comes cheaply. The Nigerian populace is constantly assailed by terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, assassination, hunger, unemployment, and many more insidious exterminators of our individual and collective dreams.
” The situation of the Nigerian academics is even doubly precarious; they are prophets without any honour at home. Despite their immense contributions to national growth and development and recognitions in the international circle, Nigerian academia are scorned and shabbily treated by the Nigerian state and the public for being unrepentant patriots.
” It is, therefore, disheartening that academics who cultivate, preserve, and disseminate knowledge for the advancement and development of the society will become victims of societal malady to such an extent as to be targeted for elimination”
New Nigerian recalls that Prof
Ajewole was gruesomely gunned down by yet-to-be-identified assailants in the evening of Monday, 5 June 2023, in Ibadan, Oyo State.