The Oxford University Africa Society (AfriSoc) has called for the resignation of the Union President. 

In a press statement issued Wednesday, and jointly signed by the President, Vice President and Secretary of AfriSoc, the association asked  Mr Brendan Mcgrath to take responsibility for the actions of a union staff, who is alleged to have manhandled a Ghanaian MPhil student, Mr Ebenezer Azamati, on October 17, 2019.

Giving their version of the treatment meted out to Mr. Azamati, it said he “was forcibly and violently prevented from re-entering the Union to resume his seat, and subsequently, forced to leave the debating Chamber after simply exiting and re-entering when the program had not even begun. 

Describing the actions meted out to the visually impaired as “ violent, unjust, inhumane, and shameful,” the statement said the Union failed in its basic responsibility. 

“The President of the Union (must re)consider his position given that his conduct on this matter renders him unfit to assume the position of responsibility,”  the statement said.

The student association says until their demands are met, it will not relent on protestations against the Oxford Union. 

“AfriSoc holds this case as not only a grave injustice to Mr Azamati but to all African students, students with disability needs and all students at the University of Oxford with the heart and mind to appreciate the unfair and undignified treatment of Mr. Azamati,” the statement added.

Read the full statement here. 

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