- Sunday Oladele, a 72-year-old Nigerian man who fought the injustice of Yabatech for 41 years have breathed his last
- Oladele was the pioneer president of the National Association of Nigerian Students and his certificate was seized by his institution due to his activism
- He recorded victory against Yabatech but died two weeks after; Senator Dino Melaye has said the deceased should be immortalised
The pioneer president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Sunday Oladele, has breathed his last upon recording victory after 41 years of fighting Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) which withheld his certificate.
In 1980, Oladele, who died at the age of 72, alongside a few others, led the rebirth of the students’ movement from the proscribed National Union of Nigerian Students after the military government of Olusegun Obasanjo banned student unionism, NAN reports.
He and other students paid for their activism and the latter had to fight his institution for four decades after withholding his certificate.
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Victory at last
Oladele finally won his case against Yabatech and the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges in June 2021, ordered that his certificate be given to him.
He should be immortalised
In his words:
“He came to Abuja to fight for justice where he met his untimely death. I want to believe that by the time we put our heads together, the Federal Government must immortalise him because there are people of less national value that have been immortalised by the Federal Government."
Social media celebrates woman who fought varsity's injustice for many years
In other news, a Nigerian woman identified as Rasheedat Adeshina has been celebrated on social media following her call to bar many years after fighting the University of Ilorin's injustice.
Rasheedat, who gained admission to study Industrial Chemistry in Unilorin in 1995 became the assistant secretary-general of the school's student union in 1997.
Taking to Facebook to tell the woman's story, Nigerian writer Azuka Onwuka said the vice-chancellor, Professor Shuaib Abdulraheem Oba in 1998 banned the students union and introduced an astronomical increase in school fees.
This was met with a protest and many of the protesting students were arrested and imprisoned at the Oke Kura Maximum Security Prison in Ilorin for 36 days.