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Friday, June 12, 2020

June 12 : NANS Urges Leaders To Deliver Democracy Dividends To Nigerians


                   
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National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the nation's elected leaders and political appointees to deliver the long over due dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

NANS recalled the struggle for democracy and sacrifices made by Nigerians, particularly Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, who paid the supreme price for democracy to birth in 1999, and charged elected leaders to ensure that such sacrifices did not end in vain.

The NANS' Public Relation Officer, Comrade Azeez Adeyemi, who made the call in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while addressing reporters to commemorate this year June 12 and Democracy Day celebration, also charged leaders to shun corruption and be patriotic in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities to Nigerians. 

Azeez lamented that corruption remains the greatest impediment to the overall development of Nigeria.

He said: "June 12 carries huge significance for older Nigerians. It was on this date in 1993 that presidential elections were held for the first time since the 1983 military coup. It was an event many observers have described as the most significant in Nigeria’s post-independence political history. It is still viewed as the freest, fairest and most peaceful election ever held in Nigeria.

"It is our contention as NANS that the struggle against social ills and all forms of social injustices are not only a battle against the past and present mis-governace of our country but against all new forms of oppressions and new privileges under different ideological banners that may seek to take advantage of the continued ignorance of the majority of our citizens. 

"Consequently, the quest for comprehensive social reconstruction and for participation by the broadest masses of population in political life is still the only way that would lead the mass of the people in Nigeria to arrive at the conditions of freedom, equality and wellbeing in line with UNDP’s concept of Human Development centered on widening the range of people’s choices by enhancing their capabilities in education, health, and access to resources.

"In this spirit of this celebration we call on all our elected leaders and political appointees to shun corruption and be patriotic in discharge of their duties and responsibilities towards delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians. 

"No doubt Nigeria has witnessed unprecedented development during this democratic dispensation since 1999, but corruption remains the greatest impediment to the overall development of Nigeria.

"While we commend President Buhari's administration on the fight against corruption, we are of the view that the President needs do more in this direction. We must kill corruption before it kills us.

"It is high time this number one enemy of Nigeria is fought with sincerity and all seriousness. If Nigerians must truly enjoy the dividends of democracy and reap the fruits of the labours of our heroes past, then corruption must be kicked out of Nigeria.

"Corruption has almost killed all the critical sectors of the Nigerian economy. For many years corruption seem impossible to defeat but we believe that, with sincerity of purpose, selfless service and honesty which were the qualities of MKO Abiola, corruption will be defeated.

"Also, our politicians must be ready to make sacrifices and render selfless services, this is what late MKO Abiola who fought for our democracy and paid for it with his life was known for. Our politicians must begin to have a rethink and brace up for the true purpose of democracy so that the labours of our heroes past will never be in vain."

 NANS also called on the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, to mobilise all First Ladies and female legislators across the country to demand a legislation which imposes capital punishment on persons found guilty of rape.

NANS which condemned in strong term, rape and other forms of sexual violence against the girl - child, ladies and women across the country, lamented that many of the rape cases that occurred in recent times, had more students as victims.

Azeez called on the security agencies to unravel those behind the recent rape cases and gruesome murder of the victims.

He urged the security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book  to serve as deterrent to others.


Azeez said:"The leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) wishes to use this opportunity to condemn in its entirety Rape and any form violence against women.  The painful experience of the past few weeks has highlighted several new facts that we wish to raise on these horrendous crimes and what they mean to us as Students leaders, human rights activist, who are also part of various revolutionary movements that describe themselves as supportive of women’s issues.

"We hereby call for immediate and thorough  investigation of these incidences of Rape to determine the actual cause of its recent upsurge across the country where most of the victims were murdered. We call on our security agencies to be up and doing to unravel those behind these inhuman acts and brought them to book to serve as deterrent to others.  Nigerians are restless to know those behind this wickedness. 

"Any attempt to sweep or cover-up the circumstances behind these recurrent incidences of Rape and Murdered across the country will be met by mass action by Nigerian Students.

"We wish to use the opportunity to call on Her Excellency, Hajia Aisha Buhari, the first lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency to take the lead towards advocating for legislation to make Rape a capital offence in Federal Republic of Nigeria by mobilizing all first ladies in all states across Nigeria, female legislators, civil societies and all Nigerians of good conscience."

"We have also watched with disdain and displeasure the manner at which some of our security agencies harass, intimidate and molest Nigerian youths all in the name of arresting internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys."

On June 12, the Students said it remained a watershed in the annals of Nigeria because of the sacrifices of Nigerians, particularly, late Chief MKO Abiola and called  on all elected leaders and political appointees to shun corruption and be patriotic in discharge of their duties and responsibilities towards delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians. 

The students body also expressed worry over the alleged manner at which the men of the Nigeria Police and the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) carry out their  operations on students under the guise of fight internet fraud, calling on them to be professional.




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