The Osun State Government has suspended a school teacher, Akiyemi Philip for slandering Governor Gboyega Oyetola on social media.
Philip who taught Physics at Masifa Community Grammar School in the Ejigbo area of the state constantly criticized Oyetola Government on Facebook, Premium Times reports.
He wrote on his Facebook page: “Elegbeleye and His Team That Conducted Osun APC Congresses Has Been Appointed to Conduct Osun APC Primary As Usual,” “Iwaloye 2022: Good Morning Progressive Family.”
“Don’t Give A Betrayed Second Term,” “The Battle of 2006-2010 Should Be A Lesson For The Present. Ex/Former As Case May Be Await You Soon! No Retreat; No Surrender.”
On December 8, the state government issued a query to Philip to explain why disciplinary actions should not be taken against for his posts on social media.
In a response which was seen by the publication, Philips stated that he did not insult the governor.
He said: “I was employed as a physics teacher presently at Masifa Community Grammar School, Masifa, where I always discharged my statutory obligations as expected, ranging from teaching of students as schedules on the timetable and all statutory records are updated from time to time and well kept.
“I have never, and will never insult the personality of Mr Governor and his government. In fact, in January, 2019 during the court case between Mr. Governor and Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke after the election at the election petition tribunal, Abuja.
“I was one of 14 witnesses that were randomly selected across the state then. The duo of Hon. Oladejo Kazeem and my humble self were the last two witnesses who gave evidence in favour of Mr. Governor before the tribunal at Federal High Court, Apo-Abuja.
“Despite my fundamental human right and entitlement to my opinion on social media, none of my postings and comments are neither abusive nor provocative against state Government and Mr. Governor.
“I am highly committed to what I am employed for as a physics teacher and I vow to discharge my best to promote sound education in the state.”
However, the state government was not satisfied with his explanation and issued an indefinite suspension through the Ministry of Education/Osun West Education District Office.
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