The University of Ibadan (UI) has recalled an expelled 100L student, Kingsley Chinemerem Anyanwu.
Anyanwu, a student of the Department of Geology, had taken to the official UI Students’ Union page on Facebook to deride the person of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, during the #FreeMote saga that rocked the institution in the 2015/2016 academic session.
The student, obviously frustrated with the occurrence in school at that time, threw caution to the bin and called the Vice Chancellor appalling names on social media.
Based on her known maxim of awarding certificates to only students who are worthy in ‘character and learning,’ Anyanwu was found unworthy and expelled based on the recommendation of the University Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC).
However, the institution has pardoned and allowed him to resume studies in the 2017/2018 academic session.
According to the media assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Mr Sunday Saanu, due to “a contrition on the part of the student, the VC graciously forwarded his case to the Council for reconsideration and forgiveness where Anyanwu was told to go and sin no more.”
In a post on his Facebook timeline, Mr Saanu added that the VC, Prof. Olayinka asserted that his administration was not ready to jeopardize the future of any student by expulsion, but added “yet, we have the responsibilities to instill character and learning in them.”
“We are in loco parentis expected to process them for the ultimate use of the society. A 100 level student is still raw and green. We take some of these insults and embarrassment in our stride in order to ensure that they have a rosy future. But we will not hesitate to wield a big stick for anyone considered to be incorrigible because the certificate going out from UI must be based on sound character and learning,” he quoted the VC.
Anyanwu who has since resumed his studies expresses elation for the fatherly magnanimity of the VC. According to him, his recall to resume studies seems to be a ‘miracle.’
In a letter titled ‘LETTER OF RECALL FROM EXPULSION FROM THE UNIVERSITY,’ signed by the University Deputy Registrar (Students), Dr. F.I. Etadon, and accessed by The Transverse, it states that Anyanwu’s letter of apology “over gross misconduct and insubordination to University authorities” was considered by the University Council at its statutory meeting held on Wednesday 28 March 2018.
The letter states further that, ‘However, as a condition stipulated by the University Administration, you are hereby referred to the Guidance and Counselling Centre of the University for proper counselling.”
Meanwhile, other students have been cautioned to be wary as luck may not smile at any student who treads such inglorious path in the future. Rather than attack personalities during crises, students should attack issues.
According to the VC’s media assistant, the VC “warned that the fact that his administration was lenient shouldn’t embolden any student to be rude, pointing out that a 400 level student in Anyanwu’s situation may not have been so lucky because that is considered a mature level.”
The University of Ibadan has been known to have zero tolerance for gross misconduct and other acts of insubordination, which are often believed to be violation of the ‘Matriculation Oath’ sworn by students of the institution.
The recall of Anyanwu to resume his studies is laudable as it brings hope that his truncated educational pursuit can now be taken up with more dedication. It equally heralds the rays of hope that university administrators can henceforth truly practise the mantra of in loco parentis; which albeit has been arguably elusive in many Nigerian tertiary institutions.