The most unfortunate part of this nonsense is that of indecent posture. What and what makes a posture indecent?
Human rights and pro-democracy group, Take-It-Back Movement (TIB) has described the restrictions and guidelines on dress and posture for students by the Polytechnic of Ibadan (Poly Ibadan), Oyo State as irresponsible.
The group in a solidarity statement signed by its Oyo State Coordinator, Comrade Solomon Emiola and Secretary, Comrade Dimeji Salako, said that it was surprised to notice that the institution threatened to suspend students for colouring their hair, drawing tattoos, braiding hair or sitting on each other's laps.
Condemning the institution’s new dress code guidelines, TIB said, “Our attention at the Take It Back Movement (TIB) Oyo State has been drawn to the irresponsible indecent dressing/posture guidelines released by the Polytechnic of Ibadan (Poly Ibadan).
“As an academic society with intellectuals one will expect Poly Ibadan to know better! But No! These new guidelines they released says otherwise.
“We can't imagine that students will be suspended for colouring their hair, drawing tattoos, braiding their hair, even sitting on each other's laps amongst others.
“It is unfortunate that our academic community that is supposed to be saving grace to the degrading society has now joined in punishing people unjustly just for their mode of dressing.
“When a society can't recognise the difference between morality and social vices this is what we get. The most unfortunate part of this nonsense is that of indecent posture. What and what makes a posture indecent?!!
“We are really not a serious people in this country and it's not funny again. We at the TIB Oyo State seriously frown at this draconian policies laid out by the Polytechnic of Ibadan against the students and we urge any student(s) affected to reach out to us.
“No student deserves to lose his/her studentship because of the clothes they wear, how they dress or trivial things considered wrong by the school management.
“We must unite to fight against oppression, intimidation and any form of injustice in our society until we have a sane society we all can be proud of.”