Ondo University Senate Should Be Fired for “Indecent Reasoning” – Sowore Denounces Draconian “Indecent Dress” Policy on Students

Human rights activist Omoyele Sowore reacted to a circular issued by the Senate of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, threatening to ban any student involved in any form of “indecent dressing” “.

In separate Facebook posts, Sowore lambasted the institution’s Senate for becoming what he described as a “fashion police.”

He noted that every member of the Senate of this university who subscribed to the policy should be fired for “indecent reasoning.”

Tackling politicians, Sowore joked, “Tell me what the decently dressed thieves have done for you and your country all these years. Nothing!”

He further said that members of the Nigerian University Senate produced rigged election results without achieving academic breakthroughs.

His post read: “This bizarre, backslid and belligerent madness memo was from a Nigerian university, to be precise, this nonsense, was published by Adekunle Ajasin University in the State of ‘ONDO.

“This state is still touted to have produced some of the best minds in Nigeria and now the University Senate must have recently appointed a Commander” Hisbah “as Vice Chancellor and the only thing the university could do was to transform its Senate into a Fashion Police.

“It’s no worse than that. There is something wrong with harvesting leaders who run all aspects of the life of Nigerien institutions. How the hell can you BUFF a student for a semester for INDECENT dressing?

“Every member of this University Senate who signed up for this garbage should be fired for indecent reasoning!” And when it comes to students, I dare say it, RESISTANCE is your best bet! Aluta Continua! #RevolutionNow

“… I became a student at UNILAG in 1989 and left in 1995, there has never been a time when the University of Lagos authorities imposed a dress code on students. I cannot not talk about what the mini tyrants did after we left Prof Nuruddeen Alao (a Muslim scholar was our Vice Chancellor – Not a big fan of him but he never imposed moral codes on campus).

“ULSU President Olusegun Maiyegun wore his dreadlocks with pride. He would wear hats / caps to cover him because of DSS when he left and came back to campus. I still see him wearing hats on his dreads these days. These days, we have been following “RedDrum” as it was then popularly known, everywhere.

“We used to wear bathroom flip flops in class. No one dares ask us how to dress in class or on campus. This does not happen. Except that you attended another UNILAG in the 90s. The students of UNILAG celebrated very loudly (which is why it was nicknamed “Eko-For-Show”) the students organized beauty contests on the campus and even produced Nigeria’s “Most Beautiful Girl” at one point, I think her name was Sandra Petgrave, a student in the economics department. You can imagine that she could not have dressed “decently” to win this title.

“Universities around the world are not meant to uphold moral codes, they are places of research and learning. The content of a person’s character cannot be defined by the nature of their attire.

“Members of the Nigerian University Senate have only produced rigged election results for the past 20 years or more. They haven’t had a lot of academic breakthroughs; check out the top 1000 universities in the world rankings tell me if any of them have dress codes except in strictly religious nation states. Nigeria is a secular state.

“I spent two years studying at Columbia University in New York, in front of the main administrative building, you would find students in the stairwell sunbathing (sunbathing) during the summer months, topless. . You don’t have to ask them why they are doing it.

“It’s their right. I’ve heard of nudist colonies at some universities in California, but they produce the cell phones you use and most of the hardware and software that walks you through life. They are the same adults in Silicon Valley.

“They have what they call“ Springbreaks, ”an annual ritual by and for college students broadcast to the world via channels like MTV.

“Tell me what the decently dressed thieves have done for you and your country all these years. Nothing! These jobless Senate at Adekunle Ajasin University in Ondo State should be disowned, dissolved and dissolved with immediate effect. I thank you!”

The school administration, in a circular dated September 7, 2021, threatened to trivialize any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.

It states that anyone who does not comply with the directive will be excluded from school for one semester.

The circular bearing the reference number AD / REG // CIR / 58 / VOL. VI / 309 was signed by the school clerk, Olugbenga Arajulu.

“This is to inform you that the Senate had, at its 171st regular meeting on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, observed and frowned at (sic) the high rate of indecent clothing among students at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba- Akoko, Ondo State.

“For the sake of clarity, indecent clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following: wearing of skirts and narrow blouses; leave the cleavages open by the students; and the wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, ragged jeans, sagging, etc., by some male college students.

“After careful deliberation on the matter, the Senate, in its wisdom, has decided that the penalty for indecent dressing will now be the hardiness of one semester, effective August 25, 2021.

“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko who violates the above Senate ruling on indecent clothing is deemed to have committed a fault and he / she will be sanctioned accordingly.”

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