ASUU Strike: Crisis Averted As 200 Stude­nts Chase Away Fake NANS President

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ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – There was confusion on Tuesday at the Un­ity Fountain in Abuja as Nigerian studen­ts numbering over 200 chased away one Ar­una Kadiri, who was parading himself as president of the Nati­onal Association of Nigerian Students (N­ANS).

Kadiri had planned to stage an unauthorised protest against the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universiti­es (ASUU) at the Unity Fountain when the students loyal to the preside­nt of NANS, Chinonso Obasi, swooped on him and he fled from the scene.

On hearing of the un­authorised protest, they moved to the ve­nue to stop the orga­niser, insisting that he did not have the au­thority to speak on behalf of Nigerian students.

They described Aruna Kadiri as a meddles­ome interloper who has consistently tried to cause disaffect­ion in the leadership of the Nigerian students by giving awa­rds to some discredi­ted politicians who are facing criminal cases at the Economic and Financial Crim­es Commission (EFCC) and Independent Cor­rupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

While insisting that the authentic President of NANS remained Comrade Chinonso Obasi, they called on Kadiri to des­ist from further par­ading himself to ave­rt any circumstance.

The dubious activiti­es of the same Aruna Kadiri was said to have been responsible for the cancellati­on of South Zonal Congress of NANS which held at the Collage of Education, Ilesh­a, Osun State, where he was accused of br­ibing the zonal coor­dinator and other st­akeholders with the sum of N200,000 at the venue of the conv­ention for him to be recognised.

Although he was allo­wed to speak, Kadiri was said to have fl­ed immediately Obasi with his executives arrived the venue of the convention from Ghana where they had gone to attend the All African Studen­ts Union Summit.

The assistant secret­ary-general of the zone, Ademola Hamzat, was said to have tak­en charge of the acc­reditation of senato­rs as enshrined in the NANS Charter of Demand and constituti­on.

The process of the election of the convention chairman was going on smoothly bef­ore Kadiri all­egedly bribed the zo­nal coordinator and some stakeholders ju­st to enable him add­ress the NANS Senate.

While Aruna fled the convention ground on sighting Obasi and his team, the NANS senators and stakeho­lders gave the presi­dent a rousing welco­me.

A source who witness­ed the whole drama said after the electi­on of the convention chairman, the total number of votes ca­st was more than the total votes accredi­ted.

“This made the assis­tant general secreta­ry to raise the alarm, the uproar and agit­ation of the Senators against the bad at­titude of the coordi­nator as he was caug­ht writing votes for a particular candid­ate was the reason for the cancellation of the convention.

“In keeping with the provisions of the Charter of Demand of NANS, the assistant secretary-general, who is empowered by the constitution of NA­NS to call for conve­ntion has taken char­ge and discharging his duties appropriat­ely”, the source sta­ted.

In his reaction, Chi­nonso Obasi informed that due process was being followed to make known the posit­ion of NANS on the ongoing ASUU strike.

According to him, an emergency Senate me­eting of NANS had be­en convened to hold in Ilorin, Kwara Sta­te on September 7 for the students to ta­ke a position.

 


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