Reactions has continued to trail President Mohammadu Buhari’s choice of Institution to be named after former Vice president, late Dr. Alexander Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme.
Several students of Federal Polytechnic Oko, have expressed displeasure over choice of Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) as Ekwueme University, instead of upgrading Oko polytechnic to a federal university and renaming it after the late former Vice President of Nigeria.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has done a very good work in a bid to give a befitting burial to one of the great sons of the land but these efforts seem to have hit the roadblock following president Buhari’s decision to rename FUNAI after the late icon instead of the Polytechnic he founded.
Dr. Ekwueme a native of Oko in Anambra State, is credited with the founding of the now Federal Polytechnic, Oko which he was said to have built with his own personal money.
Prior to his death, many statesmen notably the state Governor Chief Dr. Willie Obiano and most recently Mr. Peter Obi had called on the Federal Government to upgrade the Institution and rename it after the Late Icon and this varying calls had led many students and staff especially indigenes of the community to nurse the dreams of having the polytechnic upgraded to a Federal University of Technology once the icon dies but these hopes have been dashed following Vice President Osibanjo’s declaration during the funeral ceremony of the deceased icon, which brought about the renaming of the new Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo to Alex Ekwueme University.
This News which was expected to be a big news as it was an act to honour the late patriarch and a way of immortalizing him, has however received varying degrees of backlash and has as a result become unpopular in the late icon’s state of origin as students has continued to blast the president’s choice of action.
The angry reactions of students which was captured in the social media, shows their disappointment and disapproval of the President’s decision.
SEE SOME OF THE REACTIONS;