The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Friday, lashed out at Nigeria’s elite class, accusing them of compounding the country’s woes.
Delivering a lecture entitled ‘Nigeria: An entity in search of nationhood,” at the Igbinedion University, Okada, in Edo State, as part of activities to mark the 78th birthday of the institution’s proprietor, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, Adewole said “building the nation cannot be separated from accepting who we are as a people and deciding to work together,” adding that patriotism cannot be forced on citizens of a country.
Adewole condoled with the academic community over the death of four lecturers of the university in an accident on Wednesday, saying it was too hard a sacrifice to be swallowed.
He said, “On Wednesday here, the academic community here lost four members, which is sad enough to even contemplate. This cannot be the end of their struggles for a virile Nigeria, and we as part of a group must continue to strive to ensure that their efforts, while with us, were not in vain.”
The don traced causes of the nation’s problems to the deepening suspicions among component units of the country caused by pre-colonialism and military incursion into the polity, shortly after.