Exactly 100 days after over 200 girls were abducted from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has carpeted President Goodluck Jonathan for his “indolent and incompetent” leadership over the incident.
In a statement yesterday by NANS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Comrade Victor Olaogun, the students’ body lamented the further collapse of the Education sector since the present administration came into power.NANS
It noted that besides the suffering from insecurity, Nigerian students suffered the President’s “incompetence” more than any other Nigerian.
The NANS spokesman noted that since the Boko Haram insurgents started their killings and destruction of property, over 800 students had been killed, especially at the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi; the Adamawa State University; the School of Hygiene in Kano; the College of Agriculture in Damaturu, Yobe State, among others.
Olaogun said: “Or, do we talk about the killing of innocent National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members whose blood politicians have continued to march on to power?
“We cannot but imagine the harrowing experiences of these innocent girls, who may have been subjected to terrible experiences in the last 100 days in captivity. There is hardly any nation where this could happen and the President would still have the temerity to stage a political campaign and dance Alanta, as our own President did in Kano few hours after the Iyanya bombing. It was a huge display of insensitivity and gross misconduct.
“Also, I am a polytechnic student. With my mates in almost all the polytechnics across the federation and the colleges of education, we have been idle for over 10 months and somebody would tell me we have a government in place? We should recall also that the university education was put on hold for over six months before our colleagues could return to their various campuses. These are not only unacceptable but also condemnable”.
The NANS official also faulted the president’s $1 billion (about N165 billion) loan request warning that students would be mobilised for a protest to the National Assembly if the lawmakers approve what he termed “the fraudulent request”.
Olaogun said: “Let me warn all the senators and the members of the House of Representatives that if they want to return to their constituencies without being stoned, they should not even consider the loan request, not to talk of approving it. We are aware that the President and his clique of wanted elements …are busy piling up our commonwealth to fight their way back to Aso Rock in 2015. We will fight it and make life more difficult for them”.