So recently, a female student at the University of Babcock in Nigeria was expelled because of a viral sex video. The university confirmed that she was in her third year studying accounting while the guy involved was dismissed back in February for certain misconducts. Anyways, there a couple of things I would like to address regarding the whole issue.
Mr. Joshua Suleiman, the Director of Communication and Marketing at Babcock University, issued out a statement to address the reason for expelling her. He stressed that “the place where the immoral act took place, according to her written statement, was at St Bridget Hospital, Abeokuta, Ogun State, where the boy had been undergoing rehabilitation for different destructive addictions.” He further addressed on his statement that “the university remains committed to highest moral standards, and will remain a standard-bearer for quality education in character, learning in service to humanity.” First of all, I will like to believe that a lot of schools in Nigeria think they stand by these standards, but do they?
Nonetheless, I felt distraught to know expulsion was the only solution to address this issue. With no disrespect to the school’s standards and ethics, I think she was their scapegoat. A lot of things don’t seem right! Yes, I get she made a sex video. Okay, she had sex, that’s her private life. She didn’t even make the video on the school premises. Well, it’s sad that the video has gone viral but she didn’t consent to it. Hence, why is she getting expelled? This doesn’t make sense to me. How is it supposed to make things right? “Did Babcock University expel her for having sex or for the fact that a sex tape was released? Should a student be punished for a viral video on the Internet, which she neither published nor consented to it going public? I know for a fact many people wouldn’t necessarily agree with this, but was expulsion the only way to address this?
What is the essence of having schools in our society today? Aren’t they meant to build our character and not expel those whose character has fallen short of standards? Can the University validate their discipline and punishment on this girl? Was she ever offered a chance to address the whole situation?
Let me take you back to the Sex for Grade documentary. The professors involved were only suspended. I mean, for taking advantage of students, specifically female students, in exchange for grades or academic help. They are part of the setbacks that have hindered the growth of our educational system in West Africa and I mean it. These men are destroying the lives of innocent souls, afflicting them with pains and trauma. Now, what does this say about our society? What kind of message are our leaders and university trying to pass across? Why just suspend professors who take advantage of students for grades and expel a girl who had a sex tape released without her consent?
On the other hand, if she could buy her way out of getting expelled from school, this wouldn’t be the story. I bet the school would have a different approach to it. It’s Nigeria we are talking about here. A land where money buys power and controls situations. What a shame!
Well, in summary, I feel this whole issue has not been effectively managed, especially by the school. Let me know what you think? Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic; I look forward to reading them. Have a great day.