Can we meet you?
My name is Nafiu Olatunde Hamid popularly known as Boko Halal. I am a 300L students of English faculty of Arts. I am a proud student of the greatest school on earth.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BOKO HALAL?
Boko Halal means book is allowed. I remembered back then when I was teaching people at the tutorials and I would shout that nobody becomes great without reading and they would answer Book is Allowed. Over time, they chorus Boko Halal anytime they see me and it stuck. We are here today with that name.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR LEADERSHIP ROLES IN LASU:
I came into LASU with a resolve to make a very great impact. People who knew me back at my early days would know how I was passionate about being impactful I was the NASELS LASU social director for 2017, member of ethics and disciplinary committee faculty of arts 2016, NASELS WESTERN REGION Director of socials 2018, 2018 NASELS NIGERIA IEC PRO and LASUSU Social Director 2018. I can tell you out of all the aspirants I am the only one that has served through department to the union level.
LETS TALK ABOUT YOUR PRESIDENTIAL AMBITION, HOW PREPARED ARE YOU TO LEAD LASU?
History has taught us that to be a great leader, you have to be a great servant and as well be a great listener. I have become better since I joined LASU. LASU has trained me to become a great leader. I have first hand experience of how to lead a strategic union like LASU. I have learnt the skills of negotiation and diplomacy. I have seen and partook in events that needed high negotiation skills at all levels both at the departmental, faculty and union levels.
I have been given tasks that looks impossible but we achieved this with little or no resources. This taught me how to manage resources.
I can boldly tell you I am competent, capable and creatively crafted to lead this union.
I do say I am the link, the bridge and the nexus between the management and the student.
WE HEARD KAPPO IS SUPPORTING OLADELLZ AND THIS HAS CAUSED A STRAIN BETWEEN YOUR TEAM, KAPPO’S AND THE MANAGEMENT?
(Smiles) This is hilarious because I am just hearing this for the first time and I also believe that though anybody can support anybody, the likes of Kappo would not just come out and endorse anybody without putting the students in consideration first and the school at large second.
Oladellz is my good friend as politics in LASU is not thuggery. For the records, there is no fight anywhere between anybody. We are one strong family.
WE HEARD THERE IS A PUSH TO THE MANAGEMENT THAT YOU ARE A CLOWN?
I am so happy that people could say I am a clown and not a sadist. The clause here is that many don’t know the better word to use to describe me.
Not to beat around the Bush, I would rather go for a man who can make serious situations look simple and offer solutions than go for one who lacks the understanding of what makes people happy and get result.
SOME SAY YOU ARE A THREAT TO THE PEACE ON CAMPUS AND THE MANAGEMENT
(Cuts in) Please this management management intrusion in our election is a fallacy. Let me give you a background I served under the Samgrin led adminstration and peace was a priority with our executive. There is an upgrade for ALUTARISM and that is intellectualism. I have mediated on a lot of things that would have caused problems on campus. Let me ask you – whose benefit is it when there is chaos on campus? The President’s? The students? Or who exactly? I am a peaceful person ooo please tell them that I am for peace ooo anybody saying Boko is a wahala person should please repent ooo.
WHO IS YOUR GODFATHER?
God the father is my God father. If you mean advisors, I have those who have leadership acumen both on campus and off campus. I have a relationship with some body who gave me the opportunity to serve and to Him I would return my service reports to.
I am not scared of the future because God the father is with me.
WHAT SHOULD LASUITES BE EXPECTING FROM YOUR LEADERSHIP?
First, a unified executive focused on delivering excellence to Lasuites.
Second, a LASU that you would be proud of with visible programmes to sharpen our entrepreneurial, educational emotional, social and all other needs. In the next coming weeks we would be engaging Lasuites on how we would achieve our plans if given the chance.
YOUR LAST WORDS TO EVERYBODY
I count it a great privilege that I am chosen to serve. All my years on this campus I have pledged my loyalty to seeing a greater LASU. I promise that I would not disappoint you if you vote for me. Don’t vote for me out of pity, don’t vote for me because I am in your faculty don’t vote for me because someone cajoled you. Please vote for me because I am capable, competent and credible with clear cut plans on how to make LASU greater. I believe in this great institution as one where lives including mine would be equipped to become better to face the global world. I am LASU and I am proud and I know you are LASU you are proud remember book is allowed.