Posted by News Express | 27 December 2019 | 1,430 times
For three consecutive days, I tried to overlook series of reports of sexual intercourse among students in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
But I couldn’t just take my mind off the matter after reading waspish and disgusting reactions on one news platform. The arguments and reactions that I read were so irritating and appalling. One cannot but imagine the level of stupidity inherent.
It could be recalled that the popular sex video was staged by Babcock University students, which led to the expulsion of the culprits by the management. For the fact that the decision was solely made by the school management, it sounds more or less like an injustice to some social media analysts. They took it starkly upon themselves by faulting the Babcock management’s decision to have expelled the students. While some opined that since sex is not a crime in Nigeria, the students should have rather been counselled instead of losing their career to expulsion. Another set of analysts claimed that the school’s decision was too cruel: expelling students that had sex blatantly in a lecture room. Even though it is not disputable that individual is a master of his or her opinion, I cannot comprehend the kind of counselling these guys were talking about. Should the management counsel the culprits after the sex video is already dancing soapy on air or to counsel them on how to do it better some other time. I repeat: I cannot comprehend that kind of counseling.
As if that one isn’t enough, another blatant sexcapade surfaced by another set of students from one of the institutions in Edo State. It seems sex for grades lecturers have gone to rest; it is now students versus students. Sex has turned to 4-unit practical course that should be practised in a broad daylight. Now, it suits some students more to mess up themselves in an open arena, all in the name of three minutes enjoyment. Of course, I'm not preaching holiness here, but the sexual urge shouldn't propel one to be an object of ridicule and reproach.
Honestly, for people to be taking sides, all in the name of pitying, have shown that we cannot get things right in Nigeria. Or what else could have been done as punishment and lesson to students who intentionally had sex in lecture room? Those taking sides have forgotten that the image of the school is at stake for such slew of immortality. They also claimed that no one is holy. If no one is holy, does that mean people should be having sex openly? If sex isn't a crime, does that mean students should start banging themselves on campus in lecture rooms? Why talking about the sex warriors’ career only and not about the image of the school that is already in the mud?
Emphatically, what is bad is bad. Whether sex is a crime in Nigeria or not, such act can never be embraced. If a student can be expelled for writing an open letter to VC on issues that need urgent attention; if (youth) corpers can be sent out of the camp for having sex, no sane society will allow such sex tape to undergo spiral of silence all in the name of saving a career. I see nothing wrong in their expulsion. They actually called for it. There is nothing new about sex among undergraduates. The leaked ones is just a testimony to the level immorality in our tertiary institutions; and if this irritating scene continues, Nigeria’s educational system awaits burial by installment.
•Issa, a Mass Communication graduate from the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State, can be reached on: Usmanissa247@gmail.com; 08169197486
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