- The leader of the National Association of Nigerian Students has called for an end in partisan politics across all institutions in the country
- Gideon Obande said some individuals with political interests have tried to impose their allies as members of NANS
- According to Obande, he commands the support of two-thirds of the students across the various institutions of higher learning
The president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Gideon Obande, on Wednesday, July 11, alleged that some people meddled in the recently conducted convention of the umbrella student body.
Obande said these individual have tried to impose their allies as members of the Student Union Government across Nigeria.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Obande said he and other front-line aspirants were manhandled by individuals and thugs hired by these individuals to thwart the choice of students as regards who leads them.
This regardless, Obande insisted that he commands the support of two-thirds of the students across the various institutions of higher learning.
Obande said: “At the NANS convention that just ended, there were attempts to impose, attempts to disrupt the process where some of us were front-line aspirants were even manhandled by individuals and thugs hired by some persons but we want to thank God that a new leadership has emerged in NANS.
“The National Association of Nigerian Students at the last convention that just concluded had 272 accredited delegates, and I can say that of this number we’ll command not less than 2/3rd of the students and their union on the various campuses.
We make bold to say that because they are aware of the attempt to had rigged the process because for an accreditation that had 272 delegates, after the election of convention chairman, it rose to 275 delegates, it tells you that there was somebody somewhere that was trying to upturn the outcome of the convention."
Calling for the defence of democracy across various institutions in the country, Obande said the student body will no longer be partisan.
He also said the the association will ensure that government pays more attention to the education sector as well end the molestation of students by lecturers.
"Our leadership is going to offer a new narrative. An end has come to oppression on campuses, an end has come to the infrastructural decadence in our campuses. An end has come to single digit budgetary allocation to education we are going to interface and engage government where necessary to ensure that we give education a new direction in Nigeria.
“There shall be no oppression of our unions on campuses by vice chancellors, rectors and provosts. There shall be no more intimidation of our students by lecturers, there shall be no more molestation of our students. NANS will cease to be partisan politically, we will play the role of the conscience of the society.
We will defend democracy, we will defend the freedom of speech, we will defend the independence of the judiciary and ensure that would should be done would be done.
We’ll make at all times to tell whoever is wrong that he is wrong and whoever is right that he or she is right to ensure that Nigeria moves from where it is today to where we want Nigeria to be," he said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that NANS applauded the federal government for the proactive approach adopted in rescuing the girls.
Bestman Okoreafor, the national public relations officer of the association, said the release of the Dapchi school girls is cheering news and a relief to parents, guardians of the children and all patriotic Nigerians.
Okoroafor commended the pro-active gesture of the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, which had led to the rescue of the girl in record time.
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