The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has declared Senator Musiliu Obanikoro as unfit to be a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in view of what it called “the prominent role” he played in the alleged rigging of the Ekiti State governorship election.
The students revealed their verdict Wednesday during a protest rally in Ikeja, Lagos State.
Led by Ogunkuade Oluwatosin, who is NANS Vice President (External Affairs), the students called on Mr. Obanikoro to take perpetual leave of politics and leadership aspirations in Nigeria, saying his actions have not only destroyed the fabric of democracy but also eroded the hopes of Nigerian students that an ideal democracy will ever be celebrated in the country.
On the forthcoming election, Oluwatosin said, “We knew from antecedence that the present leadership of the country cannot be trusted in any way and that was why we have been emphasizing that the Chairman of INEC must not be removed under any guise whether through sack or terminal leave. Any attempt to force Prof. Attahiru Jega out of INEC in this crucial time could adversely affect the fragile peace we are enjoying in the country”.
The NANS vice-president stressed that should the Presidency or its proxies tinker with the dates of the forthcoming elections, they should be prepared to face the wrath of Nigerian students through maximum protests across the length and breadth of Nigeria.
“The tsunami-like protest would be a child’s play when compared to what happened in Tunisia, Libya, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Hong Kong”, he said.
Oluwatosin also denied reports that Nigerian students have endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term, explaining that the meeting conveyed by Jude Imagwe, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Students and Youths, was attended only by some selected youths and a minute fraction of the executive of NANS.
Their endorsements, he stressed, in no way reflected the minds of suffering Nigerian students.
“The appropriate way for the President to seek endorsement was to visit the campuses and showcase his achievements and not [to gather] un-matriculated students in Aso rock Villa for endorsement”.
He wondered why any right-thinking Nigerian student would endorse President Johnathan for a second term, drawing attention to the deaths recorded in student communities, especially in the Northeastern and Northwestern parts of Nigeria, as well as the numerous strikes, which have adversely affected academic stability in the country.