The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Lagos State axis, has said it will give its full backing and support to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ahead of its meeting today with the federal government, urging its sister bodies to stick to their demands until the government fulfills every single demands of ASUU.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP, the chairman, NANS JCC, Lagos axis, Busari Abdulqowiyy Adelaja who condemned recent NANS meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it is rather unfortunate that the President would be pleading for lecturers to return to classes when demands have not been met.
“It must be stated that NANS has a history of fighting for the course of Nigerian students both home and abroad and also the impoverished working class as stated in the NANS Charter of Demand which is the guiding document of our dear association. But, it is very unfortunate that NANS has lose focus and its now being turned to political tools in the hands of Nigeria politicians through the help of mediocre persons steering the ship.
“It is now incumbent on forces outside the central to rise and ensure that the states’ axis of NANS have ample autonomy that would be enough to bring her people out of this retarded journey we have suddenly find ourselves because this is the only duty we owe posterity in ensuring that this association is not totally ruined.
“On that note, it must be stated that the President asking students’ leadership to plead with lecturers to return to classes despite the fact that the government has failed to meet with their demands, coupled with the lackadaisical attitude being shown towards education is like asking a person to throw away the water while soap bath is all over the face,” Adelaja said.
While expressing his displeasure on the leadership of the NANS national president, Comr. Bamidele Akpan, said the NANS JCC Lagos have lost faith in his leadership and as such should not come to Lagos for any official outing on behalf of Nigerian students.
Commenting on the mixed reactions from Nigerian students that ensued from NANS visitation to the president , the Lagos State University (LASU) Students’ Union President, Olalere Samuel Moshood, said “the only thing that can actually wash clean the NANS President is for us to get the full details of the video where all these allegations levied against him were tailored and therefore know whether he’s actually pro-Buhari or not.”
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