No Imposition In The Choice Of LASU VC

By  Major General Tajudeen Olanrewaju(Rtd) 

Are we going to be buried forever under the burden  and the yoke of servitude in  Lagos state ? The answer of course is no  ! This    is      why    all conscionable  indigenes of Lagos state should  outrightly rreject the attempt to impose  Professor Ibiyemi  Bello as the  next Vice Chancellor of Lagos state University over better qualified indigenes of  our state. 

Professor Ibiyemi Bello is the wife of Tunji Bello who had served  in various positions in Lagos state continuously for more than twenty years like a worn out recycled  old machine, jumping from one office to the other as if they are playing Russian roulette with our lives. 

Tunji   Bello   was commissioner at three  different times.  And he was also a Secretary to the State Government.  Even as I write,   he is  the present Commissioner for Environment.  

Bello, of course, is from Kogi  state. 

Where else in this nation  can a  non-indigene dominate  the public service for this long only because he is close to the tools of power  ? 

And to rub salt  upon  injury, his wife who is from  Ondo state is   being  schemed  to occupy the  position of Vice Chancellor  of  LASU  when  there  are better qualified Lagosian professors who have been shortlisted for the position. This is the third time Mrs  Bello  will  be contesting  for  the   position in ten  years   in   a n undisguised , very  untidy, greedy  fixation. 

Other well qualified contenders are  Professor Olumuyiwa Odusanya, Professor Senapon Bakre, Professor  Kabir Akinyemi, and Professor Muyiwa Awofolu.  Why is Professor Bello being pushed so recklessly to occupy the Vice Chancellor’s office as if it  is some  hereditary position in a callous contempt for the indigenes of our state ?  Surely,  this is not the vision of Alhaji Lateef Jakande who built the  institution  more than thirty- five  years ago to  give the indigenes a quality education and at once give the  indigenous professionals a place in the sun.  This is no longer the case 

Our people are being shoved aside   amid a crude and dangerous insensitivity in a  new recolonization of Lagos. 

They are pushing us  to the wall. They are treating us with contempt.  As a stakeholder and  a s  a  committed  indigene,  I am  seriously  advising   the authorities to move swiftly away from this callous,   ill-conceived decision whose  untoward   implication no one can fathom. 

I  remember clearly that when former Professor Fatiu Akesode contested for the Vice Chancellorship of Ogun state University several years ago, he was rejected and told to go back home to Lagos state.

And  now    what    is naturally  our own  is being  taken away  one after the other  by partisan alien hands. This is   totally unacceptable. It is wrong. It is unjust. 

While I will continue to encourage merit, fairness in the appointments to public office, I will never stop in the defense and   In  the protection of   the  inalienable rights of  well qualified native Lagosians whose collective destinies are now being brazenly eroded  and trampled upon on their own soil. This is one contempt and insult  too many. 

 By  Major  General Tajudeen Olanrewaju (Rtd) Former Minister of Communication

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