Students of tertiary institutions in Ekiti State and other youths on Tuesday staged a solidarity rally in Ado-Ekiti, to register their support for the anti-cultism law which stipulates death penalty for student found guilty of being involved in cultism on campus.
The students, comprising those from the Ekiti State University, College of Education, Ikere, College of Health Science and Technology, Ijero-Ekiti and Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, trooped out in hundreds and carried placards with several inscriptions to express their support for the governor.
The protest took them along major roads from Fajuyi Park Ado-Ekiti, to the Deputy Governor’s office chanting solidarity songs.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards read “we commend Governor Fayose ‘s anti-cultism law”, Governor Fayose, thanks for saving our lives’, “Cultism is evil, let us stop it in Ekiti, and ‘Governor Fayose, we love you, among others.”
Addressing the Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola, who received the students on behalf of the governor, Adewunmi Idowu, National President, Federation of Ekiti State Students, said, “By taking this courageous step, the governor has saved the lives of millions of youths and students in Ekiti and we commend him greatly for this. We also appreciate the deputy governor for identifying with us and for your fatherly care and we hope this kind gesture shall continue.”
Speaking in the same vein, Owolabi Temitayo Alexandra, Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Joint Campus Committee, Ekiti State axis, said: “We give our strong support for the governor in this development.”
Responding, Olusola expressed hope that the anti-cultism law would also enjoy same support urging them to spread the awareness of the death penalty law against cultism to all their campuses.
Olusola said: “When I was a lecturer in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun, State, I recalled how gruesome, Africa, a very vibrant student union leader, was murdered by cultists on the campus. It was so painful that the entire body of students on campus jointly waged war against cultism on the OAU campus then and that has resulted into a situation whereby cultism has remained as good as dead on the OAU campus till today. So, you can do it. Of what use is a group of people, maiming and killing innocent lives?”