Friday, July 10, 2009

In memory of the O.A.U 5: It's being 10 years!

10 years ago at Obafemi Awolowo University we woke up as we normally did and were ready to go about our various business for the day. Our daily routine include attending lectures, facing one struggle or the other, fighting for the rights of students, studying, gisting with friends or just do "God knows what" in harmless ways. But the night of this day, this very day was different, we anticipated seeing corner lovers, hanging out in different spots, reading, sleeping but what we never anticipated was waking up to find out that the whole school had changed.

We never anticipated that our sleep or other midnight activities would be interrupted but oh it was! The cult devils struck! They were sent to school by their parents or guardians for a better future but they were more interested in demonic activities than that which their parents intended. They came calling in our cult-free but full of students' unionism, activism school.

They did not leave without leaving a terrible mark. They killed us, they killed our promising, brilliant, inoccent students. The terminated prematurely the lives of George Yemi Iwilade a.k.a Africa ( Secretary General of the union at the time), Tunde Oke- Africa's roomate and follower, Yemi Ajiteru [ an extra year student], Eviano Kelemu { a medical student} and Efe Ekpede( that was sleeping and not aware of any trouble). Yes, they did this! They killed our students and plunged us into sorrow and darkness.

10 years had gone by but it felt like yesterday, the memory of that midnight, the memory of what the cult boys robbed us of has never left our memories. I still wished it was a Nollywood movie or some joke but it's being 10 years of reality and reminiscence.
Your murderers were never caught nor punished. The case dragged on and was never resolved but one thing is sure, Karma is just at the door of those that could not give live but are delighted in taking it. They have got destruction waiting at every corner they turn but to you, the O.A.U 5; I say CONTINUE TO REST IN PERFECT PEACE. You are missed GEORGE, TUNDE, YEMI, EVIANO AND EFE.

For further reading on the attack click on this post by Lolade Adewuyi.


Awapointe said...

A friend of mine described the incident to me and I remember the way he founds it difficult to express the gory details. I remember of course these words of his, 'there was blood, blood, everywhere.' May their souls rest in peace.

Sassy Trends said...

I remember.... Oh yeah I remember... even though I'm not an alumni of Great Ife..I vividly remember...

May their innocent soul rest in peace and may the good Lord continually comfort the aching heart of their parents and family.

chayomao said...

May their souls rest in the bosom of our Lord!
Tragic story.

Unknown said...

Hey Standtall,

Didn't know you're an ex-Ife. I was in my first year when it happened and remember vividly the gory details of that night long gone.
For this tenth year anniversary I did more than reminisce, I went in search of the main actors of that period and spoke to them one and all. My report in which I spoke to Lanre Adeleke (Legacy), Idris Faro, Kayode Usamot (Pintos), Profs Wale Omole Roger Makanjuola as well as the Iwilade family in Iwo Osun State is published in the TELL magazine edition of this week.

Also you can find a fuller, more detailed story on my blog

I hope that as we remember them we can look forward to making a greater Nigeria.

Tigeress said...

oh waow- this was really touching. It hurts that these murderes were never charged. But as you said, what you sew u shall reap. But then again, i think........what if they have asked God for forgiveness- does that mean they will get away?

Was there a reason for their attack? May their sould RIP.

Anonymous said...

so sorry about this story here hun..... crazy

Thinkingbee- My Big Society said...

I remember the day so vividly waking up to the news across the country It was indeed the day the country bleed!10 years on what measures have been put in place, what lessons have been learned? A change must come,and very soon too!

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Afrobabe said...

Read this on ur facebook page..really sad story, to have people's lives cut short so brutally...I hope the killers never find peace...

Olufunke said...

I remember that incident.
Dont know what to say.
May God continue to help the families of the deceased to bear this irreplaceable loss!

and May our horrible things like this be a thing of history in our nation

isha said...

I heard about this during my short stay in Ife. I'm happy that we haven't had such anymore. But I remember sleeping fearfully sometimes.

God give us the grace to make the school system better. It can happen; it will only take time.

May their souls continue to rest in peace.

The Activist said...

So sorry that I cant reply you one after the other. I am thanking you for your comments.

Unknown said...


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