BEFORE THINGS GO OUT OF HAND: BEING A PRESS RELEASE OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS (NANS) ON THE BRUTAL ATTACK BY SECURITY MEN ORDERED ON STUDENTS OF MICHAEL OTEDOLA COLLEGE OF PRIMARY EDUCATION (MOCPED) BY THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COLLEGE

The National Association of Nigerian Students, Joint Campus Committee, Lagos State condems the brutal treatment of students of Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, affiliated to Ekiti State University during a peaceful protest over a statement released by the main campus of the affiliated college over a huge debt owned by the college. This brutal treatment is against the human rights of the students who are trying to protect their future.

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NANS, without any iota of doubt, holds the Lagos State Government responsible for its negligence and carelessness in not been able to monitor the activities of the school especially on the aspect of the school management to the extent that the institution could be owing the university it is affiliated to a huge sum of money.

Therefore, the association is demanding an urgent intervention of the state government in ensuring that the results of the students are issued and also the students that were beaten and injured by the military men in the event of the peaceful protest should be compensated by either the school management or any concerned body before the over 700,000 students in Lagos troop out to stage another protest.

Furthermore, the National Association of Nigerian students, Lagos axis, frown bitterly at the uncivilized attitude of politicians as regard the forthcoming election, in which they have find it difficult in controlling their members in having peaceful campaign rallies.

The effect of the inexpert and amateurish governance of the federal government have heavy tolls on our members. We supply our own power with generators and we can’t even tell categorically the duration we use public power. 80% of our axis in states like Borno, Yobe and Adamawa are under the hostage of Boko Haram – bombings are targeted at both Christians and Muslims, churches, mosque and schools. It is even difficult to state categorically if Boko Haram is religiously or politically undertone. How many of our politicans have their children that are graduates sitting at home unemployed, bear the brunt of insecurity, send their children to public school, patronise government hospitals like we do.

The so called Nigerian polical thieves are all over in the executives, legislature and Judiciary arms of government. The student community tags them “execu-thieves, legisla-thieves and judi-sharers. They dont have a religion that has bind them together other than the religion of stealing, looting and siphoning with impunity.

National Association of Nigerian Students once again want to use this medium to notify the Ekiti state governor that the fact that the national body of NANS are obviously politically affiliated to a particular party does not mean that every of its member also should be forced to that same party, in respect to these we demand the immediate release of one of our student leaders, the National Vice President (External Affairs) Tosin Ogunkuade aka Jasper, that was arrested in Ekiti state on the order of the state governor. We would like to remind the Ekiti State governor the provision of the Nigerian constitution on Rights of the Citizens, that a citizen shall have the freedom of association. We therefore demand the immediate release of National Vice President from his unlawful detention, BEFORE THINGS GO OUT OF HAND.

Aluta continua, Victoria Ascertain

Com. Sanusi Sulaimon Chairman NANS/JCC, Lagos Axis

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