In what looks like a show of shame, we constituted the (little) number that graced the stakeholders meeting held almost a fortnight ago where the students’ Dean, Prof. Babawale, and Dr. Adebayo, his deputy amongst others including Our Faculty Dean, Prof. Ibidapo-Obe were prompt in attendance. It is most unfortunate that they had to wait for their host who had invited them to pour out their grievances, so minds could meet and resolve issues.
Let me state categorically that the capacity of the Annex compared to the minimal attendance was embarrassingly annoying. The question is, has the LSS lost it capacity to mobilize their colleagues? Is the government no longer popular or have the students lost savor of the society’s sweet sensational taste. What Could have gone wrong?
Making matters worse was to trade blames publicly on who was or should convey adequate information. The P.R.O was considered defaulting in his responsibilities but that was not why we had come. This went on for a couple of minutes before our most amiable Dean, and all invited. What runs through their minds could be inferred by a reasonable man as their conduct suggested the obvious.
For me, it was washing dirty linen and a clear evidence that the LSS is not united. The big question is why? Why can’t our Youths, leaders of tomorrow coordinate, conduct, organize and compose themselves in such a manner that we expect them to be competent for further responsibilities in future.
Unfortunately, and without regret, one may say the administration of Tolu the erstwhile president although with crises had better management strategy. How about Lari-Williams, that boy was wonderful! You may do your private investigations!
Way forward? Close ranks, and settle differences amidst yourselves, “A house divided against itself can not stand”. That is not to say you won’t have some hiccups, fuss, acrimony, discord, cacophony and foes but as leaders, manage situations. The implication of the obvious gap is contained in the popular cliché “When elephants fight, the grass suffers”. We, members of the society who in exercise of our constitutional right and the LSS constitution have voted and entrusted you with our mandate and our expectation is that you don’t disappoint as he who calls for higher responsibility must be certified competent in previous or present assignment. Help the present administration as members of the executive to succeed before questing on another assignment! We all want to be President but the capacity, virtue, values and demands of such position requires more than “I want to be addressed as LSS President”.
In the words of a popular scholar “Leadership is serious business, regardless your status, level or age”. You go for it when you have the capacity not basking euphoria.
FASH, CONCERNED STUDENT FACULTY OF LAW
Mr. Fash is a 300 Level Law Student.
Published by Teni Akeju