We must commend every UNIBEN student, alumni and parents who joined this struggle for the reversal of the hike in tuition fee. The struggle was worth it and we all are happy that their voices were heard loud and clear.
For the record, on the 15th day of September, 2021, students of the prestigious University of Benin (UNIBEN) stood their ground in unity to make their displeasure about the sudden increase in late registration fees known to the school management. They also made the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor (Mrs) Lilian Salami to address the students based on their demands. It should be noted that the VC had earlier ordered protesting students to vacate the university premises but the students stood their ground.
The students realised the power of unity and leveraged in the strength of their population. With these, they went on a peaceful protest that helped them to achieve their aims within forty eight hours. They did not embark on violence or destructive spree to make their voices heard. One fact worthy of note is that students that were not immediately affected by the fees joined their colleagues that are affected to call for a reversal. They knew that, "The survivors of yesterday are the victims of today" (apologies to Aisha Yesufu).
If protesters had damaged any public property, they would have been the ones begging the authorities. This is a lesson to students engaging protests. They should prevent vandals from taking over their protests so that the tide will not turn against them.
The success of the protest by UNIBEN students is a proof that with unity, Nigerians can force the hands of their leaders to embrace true democracy. We all saw how the ENDSARS protests of 2020 brought some changes to policing in Nigeria.
Together, we can become a better Nation.
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