Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile Ife, Osun State, has expressed its readiness to host President Muhammadu Buhari or Vice President Yemi Osinbajo whenever they choose to visit.
The university gave this assurance against the backdrop of a statement by “a supposed student of the university expressing a personal opinion that the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, was not welcome in OAU.”
In a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, the university said its “Council, Management, Senate, Staff, STUDENTS, and the entire Community of OAU hold the office of Vice President and the person of Professor Yemi Osinbajo in highest esteem and shall never hesitate to continue in that manner.”
He said contrary to the said statement, “the OAU Community, particularly the Students, are eagerly waiting for a day when either President Muhammadu Buhari or Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, or both of them, will come to OAU on a visit.”
According to him, “the community is ready to give a rousing welcome to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria and renowned Professor of Law whose brilliant performance in the present administration has done the academic community proud.”
The institution advised the general public to disregard, in it’s entirety, the release by anybody which might run contrary to the motto of the university: For Learning and Culture.
Olarewaju reassured students that the present University academic calendar was on course and remained sacrosanct.
In a related development, Olarewaju said the university, as approved by its Senate, had decided to, during its 43rd combined convocations, award an Honorary Degree to “a very distinguished Nigerian academic and radical intellectual activist, Professor Biodun Jeyifo, English Professor Emeritus at Cornell University.”
Jeyifo is currently, Professor of African and African and American Studies and of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, in the United States of America (USA).