You teach garbage, del­e­gate tells pro­fes­sors

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

Se­na­tor Ahmed Mo­hammed Aruwa from Kaduna State yes­ter­day threw a jibe at univer­sity dons af­ter Prof Al­bert Olawale made what Aruwa per­ceived as a blun­der.

Olawale had, in his sub­mis­sion, gone down mem­ory lane, de­scrib­ing what tran­spired be­tween the late Sir Ah­madu Bello and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe in their quest to en­gen­der unity in the coun­try, al­lud­ing to Bello as Fu­lani.

When it was his turn to talk, Aruwa first blamed Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan of de­liv­er­ing an “un-pres­i­den­tial speech” dur­ing the con­fer­ence’s in­au­gu­ra­tion which he said he would bring up dur­ing de­lib­er­a­tions at com­mit­tee level.

“I found some of the con­tent frankly, un-pres­i­den­tial. I find, in my view, a speech made by some­one un­der se­vere pres­sure. I find in them some area that was a strict warn­ing,” he said.

Speak­ing on Prof Olawale’s sub­mis­sion, Aruwa said “it baf­fles me when pro­fes­sors sit here and tell us sto­ries of what hap­pened be­tween the late Sar­dauna and the late Zik. Be­ing the sce­nario in the story, it sounds far from the truth.

“Sar­dauna played with the Fu­lani, Sar­dauna can never call him­self Fu­lani but we sit here to­day, a pro­fes­sor telling us a story that many of us here could not be­lieve. So, that is the garbage they teach our stu­dents.”

Most del­e­gates ob­jected to Aruwa’s com­ments, with a lec­turer at the Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity, Dr Haruna Yer­ima, cit­ing Or­der 9 (10) which pro­hibits use of­fen­sive lan­guage dur­ing sit­tings.

“The last speaker used the word garbage; that lec­tur­ers in Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties are im­pact­ing garbage to stu­dents, the speaker must be called to or­der Mr Chair­man. We don’t teach garbage in the uni­ver­si­ties; we don’t teach garbage in the uni­ver­si­ties. I am a lec­turer at the Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity, I hold a PhD, I don’t teach garbage and no pro­fes­sor here teaches garbage in the univer­sity,” Yer­ima said.

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