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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.


PS: Recall, in the structure of NANS, that we
have the National, the Senate, the Zonal, the
JCC and SUG Presidential structure...

On 2nd January, 2019, I received an
excitement call from the President of NANS,
Comr. Danielson Bamidele Akpam (GCONS), in
his usual way, we cracked few jokes and he
landed with a message of hope that, His
Excellency, President of Federal Republic of
Nigeria wants to talk with NANS leaderships. I
was happy with excitement that the ongoing
ASUU strike will soon be a thing of the past. I
started calling my fellow Coordinators in the
Aluta Struggle to acertain their level of
preparation for the visit, everyone was on a
high hope for immediate resolution of ASUU
Be aware, that I am a Master's Degree Student
of FUTO, almost done with my class duties,
just waiting for the defence of my thesis, lo
and behold the ASUU strike strook like a
tsunami which stands as an obtacle to all
important programmes am doing.

I boarded to Abuja in my usual way, after
notifying the entire NANS ZONE B on my
Facebook wall. On my arrival there was no
hotel reservation, so I had to pay for one as
some of my associates came visiting after
which I received a text requesting for my
presence in the morning to the arranged place
before departure to ASO ROCK.

I was convinced that it's true I am seeing Mr.
President one on one for the first time since
1999, I have been hearing the name Buhari in
Nigeria Political space. I quickly said to myself,
I am the mouth piece of other Coordinators at
least, I will have the singular privilege to say
the bitter truth of our poor educational system
and condem intoto the level of politics that the
cabals are playing with our collective future.

At the ASO-VILLA; Behold I saw myself in an
unusual environment, beautified with
ornamental trees with several degrees of
security well positioned and at alert in their
respective stationings. I was asked to submit
my phones alongside my colleagues and multi-
faceted formal leaders of the association. I
horridly checked on the programme of the
event, no scheduled time for Coordinators to
speak, I said ok, I trusted the NANS President
to understand that the World(Nigerian
Students, etc) is watching our attitudes in
issues of national importance. However I sent
the ZONE A Coordinator to remind him of
many things as possible in case if it's not part
of his agenda because he didn't brief us the
nature of the struggle.

Leadership is a misunderstood term. It is
overused to describe everything from “running
an organization” or “managing people” to
"being on a board or council". Many people
can do those things, but very few can actually
“lead”. True leadership requires a complex set
of skills and a great passion on the part of the
leader – to get the work done through other
people. It requires a huge amount of
emotional intelligence, a dedication to
succeed, and a willingness to keep going
despite overwhelming obstacles.

I am perturbed because of the outing, my
expectations wasn't met, I expected immediate
sack of the Minister of Labour for his groose
failure in resolving ASUU impulses that have
lasted more than three months in a
government that promises "CHANGE".

If during PDP regime, ASUU went on strike on
the same outlined issues, now in APC
government, ASUU is equally on strike because

I expected His Excellency, President
Mohammed Buhari (GCFR) to first tender
apology to students for keeping us at home
even when we hoped for the best in his
government with a salted promise of resolving
the matter within a certain period of time, but
he didn't give us such hope, it was indeed a
pitiable outing and I apologize to NANS ZONE
B for going to ASO-VILLA and coming back
without a positive result yet.

They say "everyone is a moon, and has a dark
side which he never shows to anybody.

” In the
NANS President's speech, he started well by
condemning the poor funding of educational
system in Nigeria, along the line he blamed
ASUU of selfishness in most of the demand
which I kicked against, I said No to it, ASUU is
not demanding much than what both FG & the
union agreed on in 2009. ASUU is not
demanding much than what we use to fight
insugence in the Northeast, assuming ASUU
demand was met since 2011 to train every
Nigerian to be educated under a refined
environment there will be no weapon of war in
Nigeria. The only war we could have been
having will be intellectual war of "do it right at
the first time", it dawned on me that the
intellectual ZONE like South-South and South-
East will not swallow the fruitless outing and
clap gbosaa for the presidency.
We proposed a total shut down of economic
activities in major cities by NANS on the 7th of
January before the visit to ASO ROCK , it's
important for FG to understand the urgency to
revive the educational sector in Nigeria. We
have witnessed many administrative rascalities
by those who doesn't want the system to work,
scrapping of already structured discipline in
our campuses, extortion and all forms of
criminality nobody is talking about. FG as a
matter of urgency should set up high powered
Tertiary Educational Presidential Intervention
Team cum declare state of emergency in our
campuses not only to release money.

The president of NANS also promise to support
His Excellency, President Mohammed Buhari
(GCFR) re-election if he resolve ASUU issues
fast. To NANS ZONE B under my watch it's not
a Panacea to support him. Resolving ASUU
crisis is our right and can never be the reasons
why Nigerian Students should support his re-
election, NEVER! Rather it will be by his score
cards, antecedent, pedegree cum manifesto.

I therefore, state categorically that I exonerate
my ZONE, the South-South and South-Eastern
region from such promises until the needful of
returning ASUU and students back to
classroom is met, then we can talk politics
because we must be involved for I do believe
in exertion that the fastest way of Solving a
social challenge is through political
However, it's pitiable that we are meeting His
Excellency for the first time since three and
half years in office, NANS has the highest
population as an association in African black
race of such deserves a place in the heart of
any head of state not only on crisis like this.
I commend, Comr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan,
NANS President for attracting this visit, but
regrets absolutely the outcome with
fundamental Aluta higihagaaaa.
During the visit of NANS to the former
Nigerian Presidents, almost all the Zonal
Coordinators bought a new car after the visit
as evidence that the met Mr President! outside
the struggle, but I announce regrettably that I
didn't see the least fifty thousand Naira
(#50,000) as a Zonal Coordinator of the
largest ZONE in NANS. I fed myself, paid my
hotel bills , paid my flight bills of such you
now know that there's no resources from the
Rock at the VILLA.

This is necessary to note, hence debunk the
news of being empowered by the presidency. I
know by now, no one will henceforth call me
for any share of ASO ROCK struggle.

Therefore, I appeal to ASUU passionately to
understand that this is Political era by this
strike, over 20.1million votes will be void that
means this number of people have been
disenfranchised of their right to vote indirectly
because many of them registered close to their
campuses. As a matter of conscience, negotiate
with FG and resolve fast, he who fights and run
will live to fight again.


Yours in Struggle...

Comr. Okereke Godson C Bishop

Source: www.nairaland.com/4941541/journey-aso-rock-not-fruitful-nans
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