- I am sorry, says Daramola
The Akure Community under the auspices of Akure Community Develoment Forum (ACDF) yesterday accused the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof Adebiyi Daramola of disrespecting the traditional institution of the town.
Consequently, the community comprising leaders and stakeholders gave the Vice Chancellor seven days within which to tender unreserved apology to the traditional ruler for his alleged unruly attitude to the Monarch.
But Daramola denied such attitude and apologized to the Akure and the traditional institution if there was any misconception in the relationship between the institution and the host community.
The ACDF in a statement by its leaders including Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti and Chief James Olusoga, the traditional Prime Minister of Akure kingdom, who accused the Vice Chancellor of behaving in a manner that showed bereft of respect to the Akure kingdom and its monarch, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi.
The ACDF in a statement said the community expressed concerns over the crisis in FUTA between the management and some unions and called for peace and quick resolution by the various parties.
The community said: “The Akure Community condemned in strong terms the lack of respect for the traditional institution of Akure exhibited by Prof. Adebiyi Gregory Daramola.
The Community observed with utter disappointment and shock, the manner in which Prof. Adebiyi Gregory Daramola has dragged the Deji-in-Council and the Community into contempt with his utterances and behaviour.
“The Community notes that it is sacrilegious for the Vice Chancellor to desecrate the traditional institution of Akure, and this will not be tolerated by the people of Akure Kingdom.
But Daramola said he held the traditional institution and the monarch in high esteem and would not do anything to undermine them.
Daramola said: “He has since his ascension to the esteemed throne of his fore fathers shown repeatedly that he is a father to all and a peacemaker.”