Monday, 12 October 2015

OAU Students’ Union Dissociates Self From NANS Award To Kasamu

By David Adetula
The Great Ife Students’ Union has dissociated self from the recent controversial award given to the sacked Nigerian senator, Buruji Kashamu by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).

In an exclusive interview with OAU Peeps News Agency on Saturday, the Students’ Union Public Relations Officer, Ojedokun Emmanuel a.k.a Immanuel Kant has disclosed the position of the SU in Ife and condemned the action stating that NANS has continued to remain anti-students. He further described NANS’ action as that which is highly berating to integrity.

“The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS is actually a shadow of itself and even in past and recent histories; the Great Ife SU has always taken an antagonistic position against NANS because NANS has never been pro-students.

“When we saw the news that NANS honoured Buruji Kashamu, an alleged drug baron, someone like that honoured as Golden Man of the Year, it berates integrity and as a Union, we did not fail to issue our position.

“For us as a Union, we condemn the action because we do not believe somebody like Buruji Kashamu should be honoured. We do not have any personal vendetta against him.”

Immanuel Kant restated the OAU SU continued attempts to take NANS back to the status quo. He said the way forward are in two options that were reeled out during the Indelible Impact administration inaugural Statement which are both the OAU SU and other pro-student Unions to fractionate NANS or proscribe NANS. The PRO however stated that these options are not a one man journey else will cause any Union to commit a political suicide. As such, he said the Great Ife Students’ Union has been pushing for pro-students issues at any NANS convention they have opportunity to attend.

Buruji Kashamu is a senator representing one of the senatorial districts in Ogun state. Kashamu recently suffered a major setback in his political career as his election was nullified by the Election Petition Tribunal ordering a fresh election. The senator rose to recent controversial media prominence following failed attempts by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to extradite him the States to face trial for alleged drug offences.
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