The University of Ibadan Vice Chancellorship race comes to Tekedia as one of the professors drops a comment, after Mutiu Iyanda has reviewed his top contenders. But looking at the players, you will weep for Nigeria: federal university VC selection is now a tribal matter. So, UI will certainly have a professor from Southwest to lead it. That may even be better as a few years ago, the Nsukka community insisted that UNN’s VC must come from the community. Why not…when best graduating students are refused the usual graduate teaching assistantship jobs purely based on their tribes. Nigeria used to be built on excellence and merit but now we are all local tribal elements. Give us two more decades, local vernacular would be the key test; Nsukka Igbo for UNN, Zaria Hausa for ABU and Ibadan Yoruba for UI.
Examining the contenders using a geographical lens, analysis shows Professors Emiola Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa and Remi Raji-Oyelade are from Oyo state, while Professors Kayode Oyebode Adebowale and Oluyemisi Adefunke Bamgbose, SAN are from Ogun state. Professor Adeyinka Abideen Aderinto and Professor Temitope Alonge are from Osun and Ondo respectively. As at the time of writing this piece, date of birth of Professor George Olusegun Ademowo, which should have helped our analyst in determining his age was not found on the Internet.