The leadership of the now suspended Students’ Union Government of University of Lagos has described as illegal and unacceptable the suspension of both the Executive and Legislative arms of their Union and the conditions giving to students to sign as undertaking by the University management.
According to Mr Mohammed Olaniyan, the President of the students’ Union, signing the undertaking is tantamount to signing away their rights.
He wondered why the management will decide to suspend the students’ union when the section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) grants the right to peaceful assembly and association and equally debunked the assertions by the, management that the protest was violent as no school facilities were destroyed.
He also stated that the union saw no reason why the school management will direct already matriculated students to apply before they will be re-absorbed into the institution as stipulated in the terms and conditions of the undertaken.
“Let us state unequivocally that no student was expelled, suspended or rusticated as a consequence of our peaceful protest. Hence, we find it shocking that the school management has decided to re-absorb/re-admit already matriculated students. Besides, it is truism that an agreement entered into under duress and undue influence is voidable at the instance of the influenced party. We, therefore, reject in strong terms the terms and conditions attached to our resumption.” He stressed.