Only Muslims are tagged terrorists when they go wrong, Others are not – VC of UNILORIN, Prof Oloyede
THE outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Is-Haq Olanrewaju Oloyede has accused the Nigerian press of bias in the reportage of issues relating to religious crises adding that ‘when mischievous people of other religions do what is wrong, the press have a way of reporting them ascribing the crime to the offenders but when Muslims do what is wrong, they are tagged terrorists.’
Oloyede also urged government to be more responsible in the conduct of their affairs stressing that if parastatals and ministries are made accountable to the public, they would do better and the people would appreciate government efforts better.
Delivering an inaugural lecture entitled “Islamics: The Conflux of Disciplines”, Professor Oloyede stressed that governments achievements should not be assessed in terms of money spent but what the effect of the money spent in terms of visible development. He noted that if the people see what government is doing in concrete terms; the people will trust government more by so doing and that ascribing all issues to the president good or bad is more blackmailing him than being of good.
His words: “Terrorism itself is a strange phenomenon and it has no religious boundary. It is not based on religion; it is a negative development of any type but that the press has been unfair to Islam that when a Muslim misbehaves by being involved in such things they are quickly tagged Islamic terrorists but when people of other faith do such things, the press would find a way of identifying them”.
Oloyede also made some recommendations on the way things should go in the society adding that Justice and inclusiveness should entrenched in the conduct of corporate and public affairs at all levels of governance and even globally.
Oloyede however, advocated that religious studies should be made compulsory in whatever course of endeavour so that the up coming
generation can imbibe godly characters having sound knowledge of the precepts of their religious beliefs.
Professor Is-Haq Olanrewaju Oloyede’s tenure as the vice chancellor of the university of Ilorin comes to an end by 15th October, 2012, leaving many in the fear of how his successor will meet up with his legacies and not be destroyed what this erudite scholar has built during his historic tenure as the vice chancellor.