“My appeal to those writing the frivolous petition targeted at damaging my image and hard- earned reputation is that they should fear God and stop this “pull-him-down” syndrome . They should show their true identities if they are really serious about all these baseless allegations. But beyond that, I have forgiven them in the spirit of brotherliness and godliness which preaches forgiveness.”
Those were the words of the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Abel Olayinka, in reaction to the barrage of petitions written against him since he emerged the institution’s Vice Chancellor-elect.
He spoke on Tuesday at a workshop organised by the “Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Plan, 2015-2020, Vision Implementation Committee”, a committee set up to collate suggestions from within and outside the university community and provide the best direction for his incoming administration.
“I have since moved on”, he said of those still embittered by his victory. “I have forgiven them all. It is natural that in a contest of this nature, a winner must emerge. But my position is that we must not allow personal interest to override the institutional interest”.
Prof. Olayinka stated that all that transpired during the race for the position should be put behind and the desire to take the university to greater heights be brought forward.
“Yes, I have been appointed to lead the university at this crucial time, but it is apparent that I cannot do it alone. I need everyone’s support, advice and suggestion as our university is our collective patrimony which must be supported by all, protected by all and nurtured by all of us” he said.
The new VC will resume office on December 1. He has already set up committees to access and galvanise ideas on issues bordering on staff and students welfare, academics, facilities and infrastructure, finance and financial management, governance, library matters, alumni matters and Information Technology.