Following Wednesday’s abduction of the Vice-Chancellor of the Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), Prof. Cyprian Onyeji, workers and students of the institution have taken to prayers for his release.
At a prayer session spanning more than three hours, Rev. John Obasikene expressed optimism that the agreement prayer would aid the release of the abducted vice-chancellor.
Obasikene, who is also a professor of English language in the institution, prayed for the release of Onyeji.
Addressing the gathering, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof Aloysius Uzoagulu, expressed dismay at the development in the institution.
He thanked the staff and students of the school for conducting the prayer session, adding that the kidnap of the vice-chancellor would not cripple academic activities in the varsity.
“The enemies besieged the university yesterday and took away our father who has been good to us and who has worked tirelessly to cleanse, sanitise and make good our university.
“I want to on behalf of the management to thank all of you for the concern you have shown in this regard, for the prayers you have offered.
“There has never been a case like this in the past where our vice-chancellor was kidnapped. This happened to all of us and we must pray for his release,” Uzoagulu said.
Mr. Joe Asogwa, the Chairman of the school’s branch of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, said the session was to call unto God as He was in a better position to order the release of Onyeji.
He said the prayer session would continue until the vice-chancellor was released.
“We have convened several meetings concerning this incident. We have met with the police to see that our V-C is released. The prayer will continue even on public holidays at this venue till our vice-chancellor is released.
“We are optimistic that very soon, he will be released because our prayer has gone to God and we believe He will do wonders,” he said.
Mrs. Bernadine Enwere, a worker in the school, appealed for the urgent release of the professor to enable him to continue with his good works in the institution.
“My advice to my fellow workers and students is that we should keep calling unto God who is the solution master, who is the only one that can rescue him wherever he is and who is the only one that can restore the vision he has for ESUT, for him to carry it out as he comes back,” Enwere said.
Some students who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) lamented that the development had affected their academic work.
Miss Ihuoma Sunday, a first-year Mass Communication student, said students of the school were yet to attend lectures since the incident happened on Wednesday.
According to her, the development has delayed her registration process.