A 300 level student of Social Work at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Chidimma Ozioko, has cried out over alleged injustice by the Dean of Students Affairs of the university, Professor Edwin Omeje.
Ozioko who is running for the office of the President, Student Union Government (SUG) in the university said she was disqualified from the contest over a phantom appointment by the government and an unknown security report.
While calling for justice she said she was disqualified because she dared to become the SUG President.
“My comrades, if truly injury to one is injury to all, I need you to prove it to me. If truly injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere then my comrades must show me some solidarity in this injustice meted on me simply because I am a woman with the courage to dare to want to become SUG president.”
She went further to state that the appointment letter which was presented as another excuse for her disqualification was forged as such never emanated from the state government.
“They have forged an appointment letter to claim that I am an appointee of Enugu State Government and forwarded to University of Nigeria Electoral Commission (UNECO).
“Meanwhile, it has been proved from a reliable source in the Government House Enugu that such letter did not emanate from their office and was forged. They said investigation is ongoing to ascertain who forged and submitted and who received and acted on the said letter without verification. I was not even asked or given fair hearing.
“We call on men and women of goodwill to intervene in this grave injustice. A lot have been proven to have gone wrong. I call on our amiable Vice Chancellor, a father and a good man, to step in and look into the entire process.
“Today it is Ozioko Chidimma Domitila, tomorrow it may be you or someone else. I will personally step aside if the Dean can prove to me that I have breached any code of Conduct. But I refuse to accept their judgement upon me that as a woman I cannot be SUG president. This is 21st century and the world has evolved. People must see that there is nothing wrong with a woman aspiring to lead."
Ozioko also called on the president of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to intervene in the matter as all she seeks is fairness and justice stressing that she is willing to accept any outcome provided it is through a just process.