The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has, while commending President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Not Too Young To Run legislation into law, urged him to demonstrate his commitment to the Nigerian youth further by addressing the plight of law graduates from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) who have been unable to attend the Nigerian Law School.
The body also reminded Buhari that it issued a three-month ultimatum to the federal government in May over the plight of law graduates of NOUN who continued to be refused admission into the Nigerian Law School.
The student body advised the federal government to shut down NOUN and the Law School, if they have become tools of oppression against Nigerian students and youth.
NANS made its position known in a statement signed by Taiwo Bamigbade, its Senate President on Friday in Abuja.
Speaking on age reduction legislation, the students said the action had rekindled the hopes of millions of Nigerian youths who until now had been too dispirited to participate centrally in the nation’s politics and governance.
They said that signing the bill into law was a call to nation building, noting that the president demonstrated that the Nigerian youth could no longer remain spectators.
“The signing of the bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari was a wake-up call to the youth from slumber.
“We have complained enough and it is now time to move into action. The era of Nigerian youth shying away from politics is gone.
“The action is indeed a welcome development and a new dawn for the youths of this great nation; our time of inactivity is gone.
“The action of Mr President is a welcome development which cannot be over-emphasised, therefore, the youth have been untied from political bondage. We are grateful to Mr President.’’
The student body also commended the president for his unrelenting efforts towards ridding the nation of corruption, saying it was gradually yielding results in spite of the challenges and rigorous processes of the legal justice system.
NANS however frowned at selective actions in the fight, adding that “corruption gives greater blows to the youth’’.
The association also decried the fact that Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl was still held by Boko Haram, and called on the federal government to hasten her release from captivity.
It said NANS as a students’ umbrella body would continue to fight for the interest and welfare of all Nigerian students and youth, especially against injustices and intimidation of any kind.
”We do hope, your Excellency will accord prominence to these demands as soon as possible”, it concluded.
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