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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
The leadership of the National Association of
Nigerian Students (NANS) has distanced itself
from the purported allegations by the
Academic Staff Union of Universities claiming
it received N150 million from the presidency.
The students union body disclosed this in a
statement signed by Mr Adeyemi Amoo, it’s
National Public Relations Officer, and made
available to the News Agency of Nigeria in
Abuja on Saturday.

Amoo called on Nigerian students to
discountenance the allegations by ASUU, saying
that the association was ready to protect the
interest of all the students.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari, who is
a known person in character and style to
virtually all Nigerians, would never dole out
such amount of money for any reason, which
would not be of any national benefits or
developments.
NAN reports that President Buhari on January
3, met with the leadership of NANS to resolve
issues with ASUU.

“Our attention has been drawn to the
purported and sponsored allegation, that NANS
had been bribed by President Muhammadu
Buhari with a whooping sum of N150million to
protest against ASUU.

“We commend the well-meaning, intellectual
and genuine civil society groups for not falling
for this blackmail, as we’ve been informed that
they’ve also been lobbied by ASUU to join
them in pushing this blackmail.

“We are not surprised that this blackmail isn’t
flying beyond the pseudo groups they’ve been
able to arrange and mobilise with cash.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, is a known
person in character and style to virtually all
Nigerians, even the oppositions know that
Buhari will never give out such amount of
money for any reason(s) that is not of national
benefits or developments.”

Amoo explained that NANS had earlier declared
November 17, 2018 as a nationwide day of
mass action tagged: “SAVE EDUCATION RALLY ”
held simultaneously across the states of the
federation, to protest the incessant strikes
across universities, polytechnics and colleges
of Education.

He added that in October 2018, NANS national
leadership, met with the Minister for
Education, to fine-tune ways of finding a long-
term solution to the regular strikes in the
educational sector.

“We demanded as the major stakeholders in
the sector, to always have representatives at
the meeting of ASUU with Federal Government,
as this was targeted towards adding to the
strength and voice of ASUU, so as to make
government yield to their demands speedily.

“The Federal Government on her own side sees
the request of been an observer at the
negotiation table with ASUU as a welcome
development.

“NANS was invited twice to the meeting of
Federal Government with ASUU, ably
represented by the NANS national president,
Danielson Akpan, but was walked out twice by
the ASUU leadership, insisting that such
negotiations must not be done in the presence
of younger ones.”

The statement added, “NANS, therefore, uses
this medium to inform Nigerian students and
Nigerians at large, that its leadership will not,
has not and will not for any reason sell the
interest and integrity of our dear organisation.

“Conclusively, we want to tell ASUU that NANS
is not for sell, we have not and will not turn
our struggles to a source of empowerment,” he
said.

naijaparry.com.ng/strike-nans-accuses-ASUU-of-blackmail-denies-collecting-n150m-cash-gift-from-buhari/

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