A new beginning and joyous moment rein among the Muslim Students at the University of Lagos on Friday as activities of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN-Unilag) bounce back to life again after 26 months of incarceration by the University authorities.
The Renaissance reports that the University of Lagos Muslim Community (UMC) inaugurated a new executive of MSSN, with a call on the student leadership to prioritise partnership, excellence, respect for authorities and the university rules.
Prof. Lai Olurode, the Chairman of the community gave the charge at the inauguration ceremony, held at the Islamic Center Hall of University Central Mosque.
Olurode said it was expedient for MSSN executives to work in collaboration with the leadership of the Muslim Community, in order to deliver a viable administration to engender a sustainable development in the university.
The Renaissance recalls that activities of the society were banned on Nov. 9, 2015, while its secretariat was locked by the UMC.
The don said that the inauguration was historic.
“MSSN has gone through a long walk of inactivities; the circumstances that led to the incident are unfortunate.
“We urge you all not to return MSSN to that state again,” Olurode, the professor of Sociology said.
The UMC chairman remarked that the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, had high regard for the Muslim community and that the students (MSSN) should reciprocate the gesture by maintaining a cordial relationship with the university authorities.
“There are university rules that need to be respected. You must show preference to the laws because there is no society that can develop and thrive without laws.
“We are all partners in the religion of Islam. Partnership and synergy are very key.
“UMC and MSSN must work together to achieve a common goal for the Muslim community of Unilag.”
He advised the Muslim students to work hard to excel in their respective field of endeavours and never compromise knowledge and discipline.
“The industry is highly competitive; you have to develop yourselves to fit in out there. Development is realisable within the context of partnership.
“We all have to leverage on networking and partnership, with that the best of you will come out.
“Don’t spring surprises on UMC, rather spring surprises in a positive way and not in negatively,” Olurode advised.
Meanwhile, at the inauguration, the staff adviser for the MSSN, Dr Khalid Adekoya, administered the oath of office to the new executive members.
They were sworn-in along-side the executive members of all the Faculties Muslim Students Associations of the main campus.
In his goodwill remarks, the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Adeola Adeleke, assured the congregation that there would be no problems again, with the new leadership on board.
He, however, urged the new executive to comply with the University rules to avoid power tussle.
In his inauguration address, the new Amir (President) of MSSN Unilag branch, Yusuf Olorungbe, expressed appreciation to the office of the Dean of Students’ Affairs for facilitating the inauguration.
He assured that the society, under his leadership, would explore all avenues at ensuring that diligence and respect for the university authorities.
Reacting to the new development, a former Amir of MSSN Lagos State Area Unit, Alhaji Qasim Badrudeen Olarinre expressed happiness at the coming back of the MSSN activities at the citadel of learning, after more than two years incarceration be the university authorities.
“I am highly elated because many students have lost the core values of Islam at this trying period.
“MSSN Unilag was banned on exactly Nov. 9, 2015, but, Alhamdulillahi a new set of the executive for the society has been put in place. This is a good development.
“Now, the light of pristine Islam will continue to shine in Unilag,” Olarinre told The Renaissance.
By Miftaudeen Raji