Nsukka - No fewer than 500 members of Nsukka Youth Association on Friday
staged a peaceful protest to demand for the removal of Prof. Barth
Okolo, as Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria Nsukka.
The protesters, who urged the Federal Government to remove the vice
chancellor for alleged corruption, demanded the reinstatement of Mr
Emeka Enejere, the removed chairman of the University Governing Council.
The protesters carried placards with inscription such as ``Nsukka
land has rejected Okolo”, "Vice Chancellor is corrupt”, "Okolo is
hostile to the people of Nsukka’’, "Okolo must go for peace to reign in
UNN and Nsukka".
The President of the association, Victor Ezeugewu, told newsmen
that they embarked on the protest to let Federal Government know that
the people of Nsukka, including the youth were no longer comfortable
with Okolo as UNN vice chancellor.
"Since the inception of the administration of Okolo, the people of Nsukka have been subjected to endless suffering.
"No employment for Nsukka people and no appointment, no
consideration for Nsukka people as host community during admission as it
is done in other places.
"The government should remove Okolo to enable peace to reign in UNN,’’ Ezeugewu said.
Ezeugewu said that if the vice chancellor was doing well workers in
the institution, the community would not stage a protest calling for his
"UNN workers and Nsukka people knew that it was the vice chancellor
that influenced the suspension of Enejere as chairman of the governing
"If UNN workers and Nsukka people the host community have rejected
Okolo, then government should not hesitate in removing him before the
"President Goodluck Jonathan should in the interest of peace
intervene by removing the vice chancellor in order to restore normalcy
in UNN,” he said.
The president also urged the Federal Government to reinstate Enejere as chairman of the institution’s governing council.