Nov 28, 2014 – Protest As Obafemi Awolowo University Students Stoned, Attacked President Jonathan, Booed Fayose, Called Him Thief In Ile Ife Osun State
President Goodluck Jonathan today met with disfavour after he stormed Obafemi Awolowo University in Osun State as part of his political campaign.
Angry students of the ancient University today threw stones and sticks at GEJ during his political visit to the institution.
During Jonathan meeting with ttraditional rulers and PDP politicians that held at the Oduduwa Hall today, students carrying placards converged at the entrance of the hall protesting and booing the president.
Some of them threw stones at GEJ while he was leaving the event but thankfully the stone didn’t hit him.
Angry crowds were shouting “ole” “ole” (“thief”, “thief”) at the president and other notable politicians who attended the event.
They displayed placards with inscriptions like: “We Condemn Jos Killing of Students, Students Are Not Chicken”, Don’t Sell Education As You Sold Electricity.”, We Demand Total Reversal of 2014 Hiked School Fees, We are Not Responsible For Jonathan’s Ineptitude.” among other inscriptions.
The students who were in their hundreds barricaded the road leading to the school’s sports centre where the chopper wearing the seal of the Federal Government and marked Nigerian Air Force, NAF-280, requesting that President Jonathan should address them before departing the campus.
In the ensuing unrest, the convoy of President Jonathan was delayed for few minutes as the students refused the President and his entourage passage to board the chopper despite pleadings by some security operatives.
Also, the Governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose who attempted to pacify the angry students was booed as students chorused ‘thief on him.
The vehicle conveying the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade was not spared as students sat at the front of his vehicle for minutes before he was eventually allowed passage.
While the President was boarding the chopper, some students continue to aim pebbles at the chopper before they were dispersed by security operatives. although none of the thrown missiles touched the president.
Some students who had examinations also expressed their displeasure at the condition they were subjected to owing to President Jonathan’s visit to the campus.
Most of the students had to walk long distance to their examinations’ venues as there was no vehicular movement on campus and its environs.
Meanwhile, a segment of the Yoruba people at the conference endorsed President Jonathan for a second term of office even as they urged him to help recover their political and social values.