Lecturer renounces Nigerian citizenship over alleged injustice

Victor Koreyo, a lecturer at the Department of Ceramics and Glass
Technology, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo, Ebonyi
State has declared his intention to renounce his Nigerian citizenship
for what he called social injustice.
In a letter to President Buhari and made available to journalists in
Abuja yesterday, he said he was demoted for a period of eight years by
the management of the institution and urged the President to endorse
his request.

Koreyo, from Nassarawa state, said a directive was given by the
Federal Government in 2007 directing all lecturers to produce
additional qualification relevant to the job they do.
Against that background, the 7th Governing Council of the institution
gave Koreyo two years to produce a foreign institution master degree
in Ceramic Science and Engineering or he would be dismissed from
service.
He said that the management of the polytechnic refused to communicate
the information to him in written.
He alleged that since 2010 till date, the institutions had refused to
approve his application for staff development opportunity because the
Igbo constituted principal officers in the school.
Koreyo also said that several communications to the institution from
the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), Attorney General of the
Federation (AGF), Servicom and host of others, on the issue was in his
favour for reinstatement.
He also accused the ministry of Education for allegedly writing a
counter-directive letter to the rector to disregard the government
directives issued by the HOSF and AGF.
According to him, this is social injustice that is not in line with
the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
"I love to continue as citizen of this great nation on earth.
"But since I do not have the financial power or connection to
challenge the Rector to obey the Federal Government's directives in my
favour, I decided to take this peaceful action.
"I believe this peaceful action and step of honour will prevent the
rector from killing me by premeditated frustration of my
constitutional rights to social justice as the citizen of Nigeria.
"I have nursed this feeling of suicide to end these eight years of
frustration by the Rector and officials of the Akani Ibiam Polytechnic
division of tertiary education department of the Federal Ministry of
Education.
"And have decided the renunciation of my citizenship by birth will be
the best way to peacefully end my quest for social justice at the
ministry of education and finally resign from Federal Public Service
of Nigeria," he said.

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