The caretaker Chairman of Lagos chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Musiliu Akinsanya, otherwise known as MC Oluomo, has reacted to the criticism that trailed his invitation to an event at the University of Lagos.
MC Oluomo, who was said to have travelled to Abuja and did not attend the students’ programme, asked his critics if it was a crime not to be educated.
“Should people who did not go to school go and commit suicide?” The union leader asked
Some Nigerians on social media have attacked UNILAG on Twitter for inviting Oluomo to the campus, with many wondering why he was honoured with an invitation when a former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, was barred from addressing students when he was invited for a similar gathering a few weeks earlier.
One of the top aides of Oluomo, who spoke to The PUNCH, said he did not attend or send a representative.
MC Oluomo’s aide, Jimoh Buhari said he could not attend the event because he travelled to Abuja for an emergency meeting.
“I don’t know the reason people are going against the invitation because the people who invited him knew what they wanted him to say. If he had gone there and said something wrong, then the critical reactions would have been justified.
“Is it a crime not to be educated? Should people who did not go to school go and commit suicide? I think that if someone did not go to school and has a large following, it is enough reason for people to invite him to occasions. Those who invited him for the event had a strong reason for doing it.
“People are judging MC Oluomo based on hearsay. You don’t judge a book by its cover. We are also making efforts to change the negative impression people have about him.”