Pioneer vice chancellor of the First Technical University, Ibadan, Professor Ayobami Salami, has recalled how some members of a confraternity were contracted to kill him when he was appointed as the vice chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in 2017.
Salami’s appointment was cancelled due to a crisis that rocked the process even after he had got his letter of appointment.
He was subsequently appointed as Tech-U’s pioneer VC.
At a programme held at the Cedar Family Church, Ile-Ife, Salami said the adversity he suffered was almost endless.
He said, “My experience at the First Technical University, Ibadan, has been a demonstration of the grace of God. It confirms that God can never be a liar as long as one remains faithful. You cannot disgrace a man under grace.
“In Ife, the same year I got the Tech-U appointment even without applying for it, everything about my life was threatened: my personal life, that of my wife, and this (Cedar) ministry.
“At that point, people asked, ‘Why don’t you leave the matter for them?’ But I said no. It is a matter of honour, and of due process. I don’t yield the ground to the enemy.
“Whatever God plans for your life will come to pass one way or the other, as long as you remain faithful and you don’t look for any other god. “During the Ife crisis, I got a call from a man who said he needed to see me. I asked why he wanted to see me, and who he was. He just said he had something important to tell me and that he would explain his identity when he came. Then after some consideration, I asked him to meet me in the church here. (Tribune)