OAU debunks rumoured death of acting ex-VC, Elujoba
The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, yesterday, debunked the rumoured death of its former Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Anthony Elujoba.
The rumour about Elujoba’s death had spread widely on social media.
However, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju, titled: “Professor Anthony Elujoba is alive, stop the death rumour,” it was stated that though Elujoba was indeed involved in an auto-crash, but still responding to medical treatment.
The statement stated: “The attention of the authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has been drawn to an unfounded rumour making the rounds in the social media that a former acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Anthony Elujoba, is dead.
“The rumour was not only false but wicked, malicious, unfortunate and downright satanic. Most unfortunate was that a few conventional media houses (not The Guardian) also aired the rumour on their frequency modulation, abandoning the age-long media maxim of ‘if in doubt, leave out.’
“To put the record straight, Prof. Elujoba is not dead. It’s true that he had an auto crash and he has been on admission to the hospital. It is heartwarming to know that he is responding to treatment.
“We, therefore, want the general public to disregard, in its entirety, the malicious rumour and be praying for quick recovery of the erudite scholar.”
Also, Our Lady of Perpetual Light Chaplaincy, OAU, which is the church the professor attends, debunked his rumoured demise and described it as fake.
Chaplain of the Catholic Chaplaincy, Very Rev. Fr. Thaddeus Ajayi, in a statement titled: “Fake News About Prof. Elujoba,” said: “Beloved, the news going around about the death of Prof. Anthony Elujoba is fake! He is in good condition and responding well to treatment. Kindly disregard such news and continue to pray for his quick and total recovery. God bless you all.”
In the auto crash, the don and his wife were involved in along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Elujoba’s wife reportedly lost her life while the former acting VC survived and had since been admitted to the hospital.