The funeral ceremony for the late Prof. Festus Iyayi began on Wednesday in Benin, Edo State capital, with a solidarity march by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and civil society groups.
Members of ASUU in their hundreds from other universities including the University of Ilorin, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Delta State University, Abraka joined their colleagues in the University of Benin to pay their last respect to the late Iyayi.
Other groups represented included the Nigeria Labour Congress, Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations, Joint Action Front and Parents Consultative Association of Nigerian Universities.
The march, which began at about 10am, included five kilometres walk to the residence of the late professor of Business Administration, on Bello Street, off Benin Lagos Expressway.
Addressing the participants in the march at the residence of late Iyayi, the Chairman of UNIBEN chapter of ASUU, Dr. Tony Monye-Emina, described the deceased as one of the country’s number one fallen heroes and a hero of ASUU struggles.
Monye-Emina said the march was the beginning of activities to mark the exit of the late professor.
Recalling the journey that claimed the life of Iyayi, he said it began on a pleasant note that morning, “with Iyayi reliving the last meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and how he urged them to show true commitment to the struggle.”
Also addressing the crowd, human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), urged ASUU not to relent in the struggle but to continue where Iyayi stopped.
He vowed to ensure that recklessness on the roads by government officials was brought to an end.
He said that ASUU and the Iyayi family members had mandated him to challenge the “murder” of Iyayi in court.
Our Prayers and thoughts to the Family and Loved ones he Left behind. While we hope these might be a Point of Agreement between ASUU and the Federal Government.