Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Femi Falana has asked for instant removal of the ban of students unions in all Nigeria universities.
He revealed this while delivering the 9th Convocation lecture of Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, titled: “Managing Freedom and Illusions of Achievement”.
Mr Femi said rather than producing critical thinkers, our universities now producing robots because a lack of student unionism in public and private universities actually means we are grooming zombies.
He said the presence of these unions is needed for us to find the answers to several problems Nigeria is facing, as long as they are allowed to work without any fear.
His words, “Our first-generation universities were citadels of learning, as they promoted ideas and encouraged students to challenge the status quo.
“It is on record that some of the best legislators in the country were former members of the students’ parliaments.
“There were progressive lecturers who spoke truth to power without harassment from the management of tertiary institutions.”
“The other day, an alumnus of a private university was charged for cultism and cyber crime, denied bail and detained in a prison for many months for criticising the facilities in his alma mater.
“Six lecturers have just been dismissed in another state university for exposing mismanagement of the funds allocated to the school.
“To cover up such corrupt practices and other iniquities, the management of the university have subjected all academic and Non-Academic staff to swear to an oath of secrecy.”
He also begged Nigerian graduates and youths to collaborate people of like minds to engage in political activities.
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