Tansian University Umunya, Anambra State has gone ahead to hold its inaugural lecture after its founder, Very Reverend Professor Monsignor Johnbosco Akam, died on 5th February 2021.
According to our correspondent in Anambra State, the lecture is holding at Tansian University Convocation Arena in the school.
A professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Ikechukwu Anthony Kanu, OSA is set to deliver the lecture with the theme “Igwebuike: An Operative Condition of African Philosophy, Religion and Culture – Towards a Thermodynamic Transformative Ontology”.
The event was billed to have the late Founder/Chancellor of the Tansian University, Umunya, Very Rev. Monsignor Prof. J. B. Akam as the Special Guest of Honour.
But as at 11am this morning, the venue is virtually empty, as students and staff practically avoided it, according to Jungle Journalist Media Limited correspondent.
The lecture was initially announced to hold before his passing, and it was expected that the lecture would be postponed in honour of the founder who was only buried on the 15th of February, 2021.
Jungle Journalist Media Limited had also learnt that Akam’s funeral would hold on 22nd ans 23rd February, and according to a reliable source, the University management was advised to step down the lecture until after the mourning period.
“Our university’s founder has been greatly dishonoured today. This lecture that is holding today was scheduled initially to hold today (18th February), but Monsignor died in Abuja on the 5th. He was buried three days ago, and his corpse is yet to go cold in the earth and they have gone ahead to run this lecture. It’s a sign of utter disregard for him.
“They have shown that they do not have any regard whatsoever for his memory. In the Church (Catholic Church), this is unacceptable, in Igbo tradition where he comes from, it is unacceptable, and in the university community, this is unacceptable”, the source lamented.
Jungle Journalist Media Ltd tried to reach the University’s Image Maker, Mr Chidi Peters Okorie, but calls put across to his phone were unanswered.
A text message sent to him aas also not replied.