Why UNILAG MSSN/Muslim community faceoff lingered– VC

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The out-going Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Rahmon Bello, has explained why activities of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) in the institution were paralysed for more than a year.

(L toR) Mr Abdulfatah Babatunde, Deputy-Director/Head of Education Desk, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Prof Rahmon Bello out-going Vice Chancellor ofm the University of Lagos and Prof Folasade Ogunsola Dep. Vice Chancellor (Devt. & Services) of UNILAG at a Media Forum in Lagos

(L toR) Mr Abdulfatah Babatunde, Deputy-Director/Head of Education Desk, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Prof Rahmon Bello out-going Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos and Prof Folasade Ogunsola Dep. Vice-Chancellor (Devt. & Services) of UNILAG at a Media Forum in Lagos.

Bello said at a media forum on Tuesday in Lagos that the university authority did not deliberately get into the crisis to short down the MSSN.

Cue in BELLO “Every student’s organisation……..

Cue out BELLO ……….about the outcome’’

The VC expressed happiness that the MSSN now have a new leadership which has been restructured in a way that it will be sustainable.

Explaining the new structure put in place, Bello said “there are Muslims in every faculty and each faculty has its own Muslim groups associations.

“So the choice of the leadership; that is what they call, in Islam, “The Suurah Committee” that supposed to select the leaders.

“So, what we have done is to use the Suurah committee, a combination of all the faculty representations so there will be no complaint about who emerges as a leader.

He said the students themselves have done the constitution restructuring neatly.

The VC added that each faculty also have representatives which cut across all levels and all faculties.

“So, they are all happy and the executive will be inaugurated as soon as they come back from holiday for the new academic session and then they move on.’’

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Bello said the students had been writing to thank him, saying that initially, they were abusing him.

“But that is part of leadership and we are happy that at least they are satisfied with the outcome of the whole conflict resolution process,’’ he said.

By Our Correspondent

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  1. Students and academic staff of universities in other countries are undertaking research on issues that will bring development to their countries and the world at large but unfortunately, our universities are busy fighting on religious issues. Wake up people.

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