The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has finalised plans to declare ‘war’ on Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State over his alleged support of a 45-year-old non-student, Tijjani Usman, who is parading himself as NANS president.
The legitimate President of NANS, Comrade Ali Wali, who was duly elected by Nigerian students to represent them, in an interview with LEADERSHIP, alleged that the governor was using Usman to work against the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan by turning Nigerian students against him.
According to Wali, the ultimate plan by Governor Lamido was to ensure that President Jonathan no longer enjoyed the tremendous support of the students, by mobilising student protests against government policies and programmes, especially in the education sector, thereby, damaging the president’s popularity and credibility.
The NANS President said it was unfortunate that the Jigawa governor was using religion and tribe to pursue his 2019 presidential ambition, saying such act was unexpected of a leader who professed patriotism and commitment to the growth and development of the country.
“Tijjani Usman is a 45-year-old non-student who is not a registered student of any tertiary institution in Nigeria. NANS has discovered that Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido and his cohorts are sponsoring him to cause division among Nigerian students, especially students from the North. They are using religion and tribe to cause crisis in the students union. As enlightened youths of Nigeria, we will not fold our arms and allow that to happen. They will not succeed in their evil plan; not while we are still at helm of the students’ body.
“As NANS President, I call on all our students across the country to rise up against the likes of Governor Lamido, who have obviously declared themselves enemies of the state, and do not want the development and progress of our dear country. We will remain united against such forces of destruction”, Comrade Wali said.
He further disclosed that NANS would be organising a 10-million-man march to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), as part of its solidarity and support to the anti-graft body’s fight against corruption.
Comrade Wali also urged the EFCC to re-launch investigation into the alleged money laundering allegations levelled against the two sons of the Jigawa State governor – Mustapha Sule Lamido and Aminu Sule Lamido.