Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), has said that the postponement of the 2019 general elections has created concern and anxiety due to the complexity of Nigeria as a nation.
Prof. Fagbohun made this known over the weekend while speaking with men of the press.
“The truth of the matter is that moving such a complex situation like these elections forward will always be flooded with a lot of complexity.
“If the electoral umpire feels that there are clear indications why decisions like this must be taken, then the umpire must never be scared of taking the decision on the basis of ‘I do not want to be crucified’,” the VC stated.
According to the LASU VC, the electoral umpire might be playing with the life of the nation if it proceeds to conduct the elections, knowing that it is not actually the appropriate thing to do.
“The decision of the umpire must not be shrouded in mystery and allow for speculation or guess, as this is what will still make the people have confidence in the umpire and appreciate the electoral process.
“An umpire in this instance must be ready to be vitrified, attacked and massively explain the circumstances that led to the decision,” he stated.
The Vice Chancellor said that he expected the world to respect the decision of the Nigerian umpire which has an up-to-the-moment analysis of the contention.
“If INEC is sure that the decisions they have taken is in the best interest of the nation, all they need do is give us facts and go ahead, no matter what people or the international community will.
“INEC must not be railroaded by the decisions or opinions of people, but rather be guided by the fact on ground, the reality faced with and the sincerity of purpose which must be credible,” the VC added.
Speaking on the effect the postponement had on school’s academic calendar, Fagbohun said laws were made for men and not men for laws and so heads of schools must re-strategize.