The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has restored the academic status of Femi Adeyeye, the human rights activist announced via Facebook on Monday night.
The breakthrough followed Adeyeye’s visit to a viral church on Sunday morning.
UNILAG rusticated Adeyeye in 2017 after he participated in a peaceful protest and wrote two articles critical of the school management.
Other students took part in the protest which was triggered by epileptic power supply and water scarcity on UNILAG’s Akoka campus. But Adeyeye’s two-episode article titled, ‘The Senate Of University Of Lagos: A Conglomeration Of Academic Ignorami,’ did not go down well with the school authorities.
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In the articles, Adeyeye, among other things, questioned why Nigerian academics seemed unable to help the political class solve societal problems.
The school, thereafter, summoned him to a panel and rusticated him for four semesters but failed to reinstate him when the punishment, which should have lasted for two academic years, expired.
While UNILAG shut Adeyeye out, the young man went on to become the poster boy of student activism in the country and a reference point for human rights activists in and outside Nigeria. He is currently the spokesperson for the African Action Congress (AAC), a political party that fielded activist publisher Omoyele Sowore in the 2019 presidential election