UNILAG management, Muslim society divided over Sowore’s invitation
The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter, on Monday postponed its yearly programme indefinitely, following the school management’s directive.
The association had earlier invited the Omoyele Sowore, who is a UNILAG alumnus and a former presidential candidate, to the programme scheduled to hold last Monday, August 5, 2019, as a guest speaker.
But following Sowore’s arrest and all the narratives surrounding Revolution Now movement, the university management directed the society to postpone the programme as according to them, “Sowore has been in the news for the wrong reasons.” But the students explained that the body had already sent a message to Sowore informing him of their decision to exclude him from the programme.
The Guardian gathered that the management was not pleased with their decision and threatened to sanction the president of the association, Salaudeen Hassan Taiwo and also suspend the society if they eventually go ahead with the programme. This threat, however led to the postponement of the programme.
Responding to the reason why there were policemen at the university’s gate, on that Monday the programme was supposed to be held, a student who pleaded anonymity said, “They were waiting to see if Sowore will turn up in the school. I think at this moment, the university management was being unreasonable as the programme Sowore was invited for was a religious programme and has nothing to do with Revolution Now movement.
Another student who is in support of the management’s decision said, “Sowore’s movement has tendencies to grow bigger than what we are seeing now. It might turn out to be another movement that will frustrate the government in power and also the citizens. So keeping him away from students who are likely to be his first tools is the best decision.”
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