NANS says allegations from ASUU that it received bribe from FG irrelevant and false

The allegations by the  Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)  has received N150  bribe from the Presidency has been tagged as irrelevant and false by the group.
(NANS) made the news of the bribe allegation claims in a statement signed by its National Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Adeyemi Amoo, which was made available to the News Agency Of Nigeria{NAN} on Saturday in Abuja.

Amoo called on Nigerian students to discountenance the allegations by ASUU, saying that the association was ready to protect the interest of all the students.


He said President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a known person in character and style to virtually all Nigerians, would never dole out such amount of money for any reason, which would not be of any national benefits or developments.

“Our attention has been drawn to the purported and sponsored allegation, that NANS had been bribed by President Muhammadu Buhari with a whooping sum of N150million to protest against ASUU.

“We commend the well meaning, intellectual and genuine civil society groups for not falling cheap for this blackmail, as we’ve gotten informed and reliably that they’ve also been lobbied by ASUU to join them in pushing such blackmail.

“We are not surprised that this blackmail isn’t flying beyond the pseudo groups they’ve been able to arrange and mobilise with cash.

“President Muhammadu Buhari, is a known person in character and style to virtually all Nigerians, even the oppositions knows that Buhari will never give out such amount of money for any reason(s) that is not of national benefits or developments.

”No doubt this propaganda might have seen the acceptance of the masses if it wasn’t targeted towards Buhari himself.”

He further explained that NANS had earlier declared Nov 17, 2018 as a nationwide day of mass action tagged: “SAVE EDUCATION RALLY ” which held across the 36 states of the federation, protesting the continued strike actions across universities, polytechnics [ and college of Education.

He added that in October 2018, NANS national leadership, met with the Minister for Education, to fine-tune ways of putting a long term end to the regular carnival of strikes in the educational sector.

“We thereby demanded as the major stakeholders in the sectors, to always have representatives at the meeting of ASUU with Federal Government, as this was targeted towards adding to the strength and voice of ASUU, so as to make government yield to there demands in time.

“The Federal Government on her own side sees the request of been an observer at the negotiation table with ASUU as a welcome development.

“NANS was invited twice to the meeting of Federal Government with ASUU, ably represented by the NANS national president, Danielson Akpan, but was walked out twice by the ASUU leadership, insisting that such negotiations must not be done in the presence of younger ones.

“NANS leadership begins to wonder what reasons might be behind the blind insistence of ASUU that NANS must not observe the meeting, when the Federal Government has wholeheartedly approved our attendance at such meetings.”

According to him, NANS, in the course of getting things resolved urgently, sorted an audience with president Muhammadu Buhari, which was granted and held on January 3 at the presidential villa.

“At the meeting, NANS appealed to president Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency resolve the ASUU strike, for him not to loose the support of over 20million Nigerian students.

“This was the statement of the NANS president at the meeting as against the cheap blackmail that NANS has assured Buhari of mobilising 20million votes for him.

“NANS, therefore, uses this medium to inform Nigerian students and Nigerians at large, that its leadership will not, has not and will not for any reason sell the interest and integrity of our dear organisation.

“We want to tell ASUU that NANS is not for sell, we have not and will not turn our struggles to source of empowerment,” he said.
NANS says allegations from ASUU that it received bribe from FG irrelevant and false NANS says allegations from ASUU that it received bribe from FG irrelevant and false Reviewed by Bueze Onyeka on 14:57 Rating: 5

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