Saturday, 19 March 2016

Mixed Reactions Greet Proposed NANS Protest In OAU

Several reactions have continued to pour in since the news of the proposed intervention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Obafemi Awolowo University over the suspension of some Union leaders filtered in.

NANS has vowed to hold OAU to a standstill come Monday, March 21, 2016 should the University management fail to accede to their demand for reinstatement of the suspended trio of Akande Omotayo a.k.a TY, Oketooto Oluwaseun a.k.a Hon. Seun and Ojedokun Emmanuel a.k.a Immanuel Kant.

Many students have asked why NANS has chosen a delicate time like this examination period to embark on the 'intervention'. Asides that, some students doubt the sincerity of NANS intervention and ability to sustain the intervention in the face of possible financial enticement considering the corrupt history of NANS. If this should be the case, students of OAU are scared that they may be sold out to the authority after OAU students must have pledged their allegiance to the struggle.

Another question that some students have continued to also ask is the refusal of NANS to know the mind of OAU students concerning their offer of intervention. ANSA, a group on campus has been at the fore-front of demanding for a student Congress in OAU so that students can say if they are in support or against the envisaged protest. Even if in support of it, ANSA believes there is need for the students to draft a modality for the action so that they can be properly mobilized.

As many students continue to express disapproval to the NANS intervention, some other persons have thrown their weight behind NANS on a basis that the University management has exhibited non-understanding and frustrated diplomatic approaches, hence the need for a practical action.

In the mean time, there are reports that the suspended leaders were seen in their departments participating in the ongoing examinations. This, to some persons raises questions as per the genuineness of the suspension of these leaders or there is something they do not want OAU students to know.

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