Feyi Fawehinmi: Covenant University and testing all things…

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  1. voda says:

    On my part,I would be raising two issues for determination;One,whether the expulsion of the students satisfys the requirement of fair hearing.Two,whether the expulsion is not too harsh a punishment for the offence committed.On the 1st issue,I would refer to the book of Genesis 13;11-12;”And God said unto him,who told thee that thou wast naked?Has thou eaten of the fruit that I told thee that thou shouldest not eat?And the man replied’the woman whom u gave me did give me and I did eat”.The foundation for fair hearing was thus laid by God in the garden of Eden.Was it that God did not know that Adam had eaten of the fruit?Ofcourse he did.But he gave him a chance to defend himself.So why did CU expel those students without hearing from them?This clearly violates their right to fair hearing enshrined in Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution(as amended).It should be noted that any trial which violates a person’s right to fair hearing is a nulity ab initio.There are pletoria of cases on this principle of law-Garba V University of Maiduguri,Olaniyan V Unilag,Esiaga V Unical,Laoye V FSCC,Adekunle V Uniport,LPDC V Fawehinmi.On the 2nd issue,it is my submission that the expulsion of the students is too harsh for the offence they committed,it is like killing a fly with a hammer.Conclusively,it should be noted that the statute of CU cannot override the Nigerian Constitution.See Section 1(3) of the 1999 Constitution(as amended).See also AG Bendel State V AG Federation,AG Abia State V AG Federation,Obi V INEC,Amaechi V INEC,Ararume V INEC,Inakoju V Adeleke.I rest my case.

  2. Governor anonymous says:

    Perhaps this is not the first service the Bishop was absent that students stayed back and no punishment was given. Also this is not the first service that the Bishop attended that’s students stayed back and no punishment was given. Now tell me, how do you explain a school that you the “so-called” students already know the rules fully well and you decide to break them. The thing that happened that nite was a big shame on the part of the students. The service was going on and while the VC was addressing the students, some were busy making noise, some were hanging on the corridor, some were buying at the butteries etc. Now the Bishop was not suppose to attend but he was around the vicinity and he saw all this. Out of curiousity he walked towards the chapel and immediately students stated running up and down. The bishop got angry and he said all those that were not in the service should be expelled. My points

    1. Expulsion as the case maybe was just a punishment not d verdict. Apparently some students have appealed and they have been considered.

    2. It was the sight that made him angry and he pronounced the students expelled…..would you also say it is wrong for him to get angry cos he is a man of God? Emotions overboard decision attimes!

    3.The students that led to him to d anger were not caught except for few ones, one of which was found smoking “igbo” in the chapel. Apparently some were sitted in the chapel listening while the ones that felt they were too big for the VC’s speech were either outside playing or in the hostel. So since he couldn’t catch the ones that ran, he summoned the other ones that were in the hostel that were to big to attend the service to be expelled.

    4. We have seen similar cases in the past, even grevious offences and at the end of the day they get called back after appeal. They just want the students to be punished and the punishment involves writing appeal letters, going for organized chapel programs etc but at the end of the day they get called back.

    5. If you do your findings very well, you will know that most students that were expelled from CU and didn’t come back was as a result of personal choices.

    6. The Bishop has always made it known to the students that chapel service is Compulsory and if you stab it, this is the punishment. Like I said earlier this is not the first mass expulsion and it won’t be the last. I feel the “Expulsion” is just a word to let the students know that they are not above the law because if they truly expell the students, there won’t be room for appeal.

    I think this is all I have to say for now, incase you want to discuss further about this, reach me via my email or my mobile no 08187441272.


    • Tomi says:

      U seem to be a very annoying person, and ur comments show u are a great ‘supporter’ of the bishop….whatever mehn, but I really do hope a lawsuit comes out of this…

    • I am sure you can at least see the problem in running an institution based on how angry or not the Bishop (who is technically a ceremonial Chancellor) gets on a particular day?

      If 4 years work can simply be binned based on a fit of temper, then it is dangerous problem indeed.

      But thanks for your comment. Appreciated

  3. First let me say I am not a “supporter” of the bishop. To be frank, I am one of his biggest critics. In this expulsion case however, I will sit pretty on his side. Why? Harsh punishment or not, the students had been warned severally about the punishment for missing chapel. That’s on one hand. On the other hand, I blame the parents who send their kids there in the first place. Yes our education system is in the toilet but its not enough to subject young adults to modern day Draconian laws. We can all cry wolf now but then these laws should have never seen the light oof day. I agree with the writer when he says that the parents pay high school fees and should be part of the rule making process. In conclusion, this negative press won’t reduce the number of next year’s new applicants to the university by even by one student. In the end, like the writer, I have no horse in the race. I can only talk; cheap talk.

  4. Kehinde says:

    As a graduate of CU. Every one student and parents know that Chapel service is more important than your degree in CU. Please they are only facing the law they broke. They signed for it. Why the noise. These kind of service is held before semester begins and also ends the semester.

    • waynerooney says:

      If that is more important than ur degree then you certificate is not worth more than WOFBI, LCC or LDC certificate. We have to be reasonable here. Is an offence enough to justify that? Wait and see the outcome of NUC decision and how many pple would be sacked.

  5. waynerooney says:

    Vice counselor has the right to expel not the chancelor. Vice councelor reports to NUC not the chancelor thereforec we need to know who gave the verdict.if the bishop did, then it wont stand cos he has no business in running the university. Chancelors of UNILAG. UI.
    UNIBEN has no role in school mgt unless on ceremonial capacity.

  6. waynerooney says:

    Vice counselor has the right to expel not the chancelor. Vice councelor reports to NUC not the chancelor thereforec we need to know who gave the verdict.if the bishop did, then it wont stand cos he has no business in running the university. Chancelors of UNILAG. UI.
    UNIBEN has no role in school mgt unless on ceremonial capacity. So knowing where the order came from and who signed the letter is imperative.

    • Governor anonymous says:

      Let’s try and clarify some things here and move our thoughts from the word Expulsion. In federal Universities Expelled students can’t appeal. You all are just screaming Expulsion, take your mind from just defining the word and let’s look at the Action. In the Actual sense the students were pronounced expelled that night however the next morning they were at the chapel with the appeal letters. Well you won’t get it. I’m not a fan of the school, I just believe that before you criticise people you should know the actual story. Whether you write or not they will consider their appeals. Its not the first time.

  7. Jo! says:

    As another graduate of CU, while every student knew what they signed up for, we are only but human and yes, I know how it feels when you go to church at least 4 times a week and then they still wake you up for one “general assembly” by 1am only for you to discover that you were just invited to listen to absolute nonsense from someone that just came in from the UK, just because he just came in from the UK! I digress…

    I have got TONS of issues with the way CU in particular and Winners Chapel in general is run which explains why, after worshiping at Winners Chapel for about 10 years, I left the church immediately after graduating from CU, I had seen too many things at Canaanland that left me with too many unanswered questions.

    Back to the issue, My main grouse is this “…it is hard to disentangle the University from the larger than life influence of the Bishop…”. CU is synonymous with Bishop Oyedepo, and this shouldn’t be the case. Every legendary “controversial” decision made in that school is somehow traceable to the Bishop’s temper, name it; banning jeans, banning phones, “no pairing”(don’t get me started on that), banning traditional wears on sundays, just name it. I think it is wrong for a higher institution to revolve around the whims and caprices of one person. There ought to be a structure on ground that will be effective whether he is there or not, I mean the man will die, eventually, so what happens when he dies, the school will rot away because he’s not around to put fire on everybody’s buttocks?

    While I must say that the man is a great visioneer, he has been instrumental in ensuring that CU is where it is today and I have got enormous respect for him, I still think that until Covenant University exists independent of Bishop Oyedepo, we cannot advance. There is a need to develop a structure that will stand through the years in school, not just coin up rules and laws everyday that simply can’t all be enforced.

    One more thing, the parents won’t sue, the people that could sue are major critics of “Papa” and would NEVER put their children in CU, those whose children are in CU are “fans” & “disciples” and would rather sit at home and “pray” if their begging doesn’t work, rather than go to court, he is after all “The Servant of God” and the Bible says “…touch not my anointed…” 😉

    Sorry, couldn’t help it: It’s “Vice Chancellor”, not “counselor” and definitely not “councelor” @waynerooney, and obviously darling, you know nothing about CU, the Chancellor is the boss there luv

    • waynerooney says:

      Chancelor could be the boss in cu but not the contact point in NUC. Watch out and see where the case will end. It will surely spell out the dichotomy btw the school and the church. I do attend winners even attended services today but i think in practical reasonable terms. We shall see the end of the matter and dont be surprised the extent it will degenate to.

  8. All private institutions owned by churches ar guilty of these and should be checked up.. Better still their constitution or hand book must be reviewed by the NUC.

  9. Georgeline says:

    I am glad that someone made the discovery and wrote on it. Most private universities Nigeria are full of unnecessary laws. Some of these universities are owned by religious fanatics and fanatics are usually not rational thinkers. NUC should look into the matter.

  10. Adedoyin @i_fix_you says:

    Reading through comments here has been both fun and interesting.
    I hope to see an end to this whole mess called religious backed university’s autocracy. the instances listed by @.Jolon are so alarming it nullifies the fundamental human rights of association,expression etc..for Gods sake,what if one just wants to attend CU because of its renown in a discipline and just because the person is a muslin couldn’t do that due to the compulsory chapel routines. The instance given above nullifies the original purpose of a university irrespective of its religious leanings. One of my mum’s closest friends in Baptist Women’s college is a muslin till date, plus I haven’t heard of a situation of expulsion in Harvard just because of smoking marijuana. Our university cum education system cannot develop in circumstances like this and we keep drawing aback unless regulatory bodies such as NCC put a stop to this madness. .
    The write up is one of the stitches in time.

  11. Maq says:

    I think the Bishop has a right to determine what happens in the school. Yes it is a private university subject to the oversight of NUC, but I don’t think NUC has the right to dictate what lawsare made in the university, as long as they dont breach NUC ‘rules’. This is a Christian University and you don’t expect it to be run the way UNILAG is run. In Christian hbiversities Christian things are done. If you don’t like it, you stay away. Yes he even had a right to say all undergraduates must wear uniforms. Not my business but his.

  12. Tunji says:

    “…came to the service on this occasion and got upset that many students CHOSE not to attend”. Based on what you wrote here,I’d like ask the writer the ffg Qs.

    1. Do these students have the right to Choose not to attend a service having aware of what the consequences MIGHT be?

    2. What msg would he (Bishop) pass across if he didnt handle the matter the way he did?

    3. What on earth could be a good enough punishment for students in a Christian School who would not respect(listen to)their VC when he is making a speech despite all d difference they are supposed to make when it comes to morals?

    4. What do you think is responsible for and the solution to Cultism, Gangsterism, Prostitution…that is prevalent in our higher institutions today? How much of it can the ‘freedom to choose’ solve?

    Let us be objective and forward thinking. We want a more productive society,it wont come without discipline. I appeal to the Authorities of CU to consider the students especially the one who could have a genuine reason for not attending the service.

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