Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Oba of Benin Asked to Call Bini Profs At Uniben to Order

THE Benin National Congress (BNC) has written to Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa, appealing to him to call to order some professors of Benin origin in the University of Benin (UNIBEN) engaged in campaigns of calumny against the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Osayuki Oshodin.

A letter signed by Dr. David Ekomwenrenren, BNC Director of Publicity, regretted that the professors were some of those who failed to clinch the vice-chancellorship position, and therefore resorted to endless writing of frivolous petitions with a view to discrediting the person of Oshodin despite his laudable efforts in ensuring that the university remains number one in the country.

"We wish to most humbly solicit the royal intervention of the revered Benin Monarch, the Oba of Benin, in the cold war between top management officials of the University of Benin, some of whom are prominent Benin academics whose penchant for petition writings have reached a crescendo; by deploying treacherous instrumentalities against the vice chancellor, namely, accusation of overstocking the institutions' employees in favor of the Benin people, "the letter said.

"The purpose of seeking your intervention is to avert a situation or precedent where, youths of your revered Kingdom (Benin) will be seen to be dragging these Professors of petitions before traditional tribunals in their various domains, if they and their collaborators fail to retract from these destructive paths.

"As a matter of decisive norm and cultural order, we respectfully appeal to Your majesty to prevail on these academics, especially those of Benin ethnic nationality to toe the lines of reasoning or reconciliation, else, your majesty should kindly pronounce the appropriate traditional sanctions on them and their proxies, to serve as deterrent to others, while saving the institution from a preventable-chaos, as it is obvious that the resort to self-help by stakeholders is imminent."

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