[Community-Discuss] Allegation of Harassment

Sunday Folayan sfolayan at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 15:49:35 UTC 2018

Dear Marcus Adomey and All,

These are the scenarios that make it very difficult for leaders to 
operate effectively, due to vested interests.

AfriNIC does not belong to any individual of fiefdom. Indeed it requires 
much more than the current herd mentality to make a success of it.

Since you and a number of people fail to heed the warning that what you 
have is an allegation, Since a number of people cannot read between the 
lines, Since silence is no longer golden but seen as cowadice, I remind 
you again that this remains an allegation and I shall respond 
appropriately to the GC whenever they request of it.


On 20/03/2018 11:58, Marcus K. G. Adomey wrote:
> Dear Reverend Sunday Folayan,
> The allegations against you are serious, from any angle no matter how 
> tolerant one would like to be.
> You violated the NDA and abused your fiduciary responsibilities. This 
> two infringements makes you ineligible to continue to serve as a board 
> member.
> Besides this, in order that for the investigations into the 
> allegations of sexual harassment etc to be truly independent, common 
> sense and ethics require you to stand back from the board while it is 
> ongoing not just step aside as chair.
> Please show us that you are a leader and man of the cloth.  Many of us 
> also expect appropriate and proportionate administrative measures to 
> be considered for the other management staff involved in this.
> Marcus
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com>
> *Sent:* Friday, March 16, 2018 4:01:17 PM
> *To:* Sunday Folayan; General Discussions of AFRINIC; 
> members-discuss at afrinic.net
> *Subject:* Re: [Community-Discuss] Allegation of Harassment
> Dear Former Chair,
> I am saddened by what I read here, and actually more than a little 
> disturbed.
> Firstly – let me state categorically that I agree with waiting for the 
> investigation to conclude on the harassment allegations, and you and I 
> find alignment on that issue.  However, there is another issue where 
> we strongly diverge, and despite the conversations we have had on the 
> matter in the last few days – the details of which will remain private 
> – you have chosen to ignore what has been stated so clearly.
> I draw attention to this part of your email:
> */_I do acknowledge  that I shared a chat (with the best intentions) 
> which should have been treated with more caution, no matter how good 
> the intention was.
> _/*
> Sunday – What you did was a blatant violation of the NDA agreement you 
> signed as a board member – and yes I realize fully that you can argue 
> what was shared in the document that was attached to the allegation 
> was a chat between you and two other people and did not stem directly 
> out of a board meeting.  However, you were involved in a discussion 
> around AfriNIC business that clearly and without equivocation related 
> to your work as chair and related to information gained and dealt with 
> in your position as a board member.  You then chose to share that 
> information with a third party.
> In 2014 – the former board passed the following resolution:
> Resolution 201411.211: The Board RESOLVED ; */_Information discussed 
> within the Board_/* should not be disclosed to third parties without 
> Board approval. Violation may lead to expulsion from the Board as 
> provided by the Bylaws. However, information disclosed by the Board to 
> third parties not under NDA to the Board is no longer confidential and 
> is deemed to be in the public domain.
> Please note – that does not say formal board meeting – it says within 
> the board – and considering the information under discussion in what 
> was shared – it is without dispute that that was board sensitive 
> privileged information and that discussion can be very much considered 
> information discussed within the board – even if it is a subset of the 
> board.
> A few months after this resolution was passed – two members of the 
> board, Mr Badru Ntege and Mr Paulos Nyirende chose to violate the NDA 
> – and then chose to do the honourable thing and resign over the breach 
> of NDA rather than face disciplinary action.  I am shocked considering 
> your role in in the authorship of that resolution and your full 
> awareness of the subsequent happenings that lead to two members of the 
> board resigning – that you now hold yourself to a different standard.
> I strongly believe that you have done a very good job as chair – and I 
> wish on everything that is in me that I did not have to find myself 
> writing this email – but the reality is – rules have to be consistent 
> – the application of rules has to be consistent – what applies to one 
> must apply to all – anything else makes all rules meaningless – and 
> what you are doing now I find to the height of hypocrisy and far 
> beneath the man I know you to be.
> Please – do what is right – and I strongly believe you know what that is.
> Andrew
> *From:*Sunday Folayan [mailto:sfolayan at gmail.com]
> *Sent:* 16 March 2018 17:38
> *To:* General Discussions of AFRINIC <community-discuss at afrinic.net>; 
> members-discuss at afrinic.net
> *Subject:* [Community-Discuss] Allegation of Harassment
> Dear members and the Community,
> Over the last few days, some allegations have been made that are serious
> and by very nature threaten to further divide this community and
> represent a threat to the AfriNIC organization.
> I believe the unity of the community is as important as the sanctity of
> the Board, and it is my responsibility to ensure none is compromised
> further.
> While I categorically deny any claims of any harassment levied at me,
> and believe these allegations are entirely spurious, I do acknowledge
> that I shared a chat (with the best intentions) which should have been
> treated with more caution, no matter how good the intention was.
> It is my responsibility to step down as Chair, pending the conclusion of
> the investigations on the harassment claims.
> May I most respectfully request that we await the independent
> investigation that the Board has initiated, and be patient, so that the
> community can come out of this strongest. I remain committed as a member
> of the community.
> I have prior to now, communicated my decision to my colleagues on the 
> Board.
> I look forward to being allowed to defend myself, and justice being
> served for all, on the matter.
> With Kind Regards ....
> Sunday Folayan.
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Sunday Adekunle Folayan
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