Noble Eyisi, a former Student Union Government President at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, has narrated the incident that led to his expulsion from the sinstitution in 2015.
In an interview with The Punch, the Anambra native also revealed how he eventually moved to UK where he graduated with a first class honours from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and a master’s degree with distinction at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
Read excerpts from the interview:
You were said to have recently got distinction in International Law at the University of Hull, United Kingdom. Can you confirm that?
I obtained my LLB from the University of Hull; I made first class honours in Law with Politics in July 2019. I just completed my master’s with a distinction in International Commercial Law from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
Your recent achievement came a little over six years after you were reportedly expelled by the management of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. How does it make you feel?
It does make me feel happy. By the grace of God, I was able to graduate with first class honours two years ago (2019) and made a distinction in my master’s. So, it does make me feel fulfilled that the purpose for which I left Nigeria – for studies – I am finally achieving.
Can you recall briefly what led to your expulsion?
As a student leader, one of my beliefs has always been that my job is to fight for the interest of my fellow students. What led to my expulsion was the fact that I wrote a letter to the vice-chancellor, addressing some of the issues I felt were not being properly addressed by the management of the university. One of them was the price of food in the university. The other was the fees newly introduced in by the management. In short, after I wrote the letter to the management, we organised a protest and after the protest, I was expelled from the university but up till today, I believe I was acting on behalf of the students; I believe in servant leadership, no matter what the outcome might be.
What course were you studying as of that time and what was your level?
I was in my penultimate year studying Political Science. I would have graduated in 2016 but I was expelled in 2015.
Some may have thought you alleged a threat to your life to gain public sympathy or as an excuse to seek asylum. What’s your response to that?
I think it’s laughable for people to suggest that I alleged a threat to my life because I wanted to seek asylum. I am not an asylum seeker. I didn’t allege a threat to my life to gain public sympathy. I didn’t tell anyone that I had left Nigeria. It was after four years, when I graduated with first class honours that the whole world knew I was in the UK. There was no need to gain public sympathy. I went to the UK to rediscover who I am and put to shame those people who felt I would not succeed because of what they did to me.