Indegenes of Ile-ife protested, asking for an indigene to be the VC of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has cautioned aggrieved indigenes and residents of the ancient town not to take laws into their hands over their dissatisfaction with the process that led to the selection of the new Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
The monarch also assured workers and students of the institution of safety of lives and property.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, who dropped the warning in a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Otunba Moses Olafare on Tuesday, promised the protesters that their agitation will be given adequate and objective attention.
According to him, “Over the years, the good people of Ife have been a superb host to the university even as they enrol their children and equally join qualified hands (Regardless of background) to work in the citadel of learning.”
“The Ife community is proud to have partnered and still partnering with the institution through the House of Oduduwa on viable programmes and projects capable of projecting Ile-Ife to the outside world as an ancient city ready for progress and development.
“While Oba Ogunwusi has rallied major stakeholders to address the issue at hand, the Kabiyesi appeals for calm, calling on all law-abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses without fear. The good relationship between the town and the gown remains as strong as ever, particularly to the benefit of the younger ones in and outside the university. OAU is Ife, Ife is OAU and we shall continue to cohabit in peace for progress.”