Utterly embarrassed by the conferment of “Golden Man of the Year” on a wanted drug baron, Senator Buruji Kashamu, Students in Nigerian tertiary institutions have called for the resignation of the executives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
Mr. Kashamu is the senator representing Ogun East, whose election was quashed on Friday by the National Assembly election tribunal.
A visit to several University campuses shows the disaffections of Nigerian students with the leadership of the apex students body.
The Great Ife Students’ Union for instance speaking through its Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojedokun, described the award as a completely unnecessary move.
He said that, “the current set of NANS Leaders are political jobbers who need to be shown the way out if they fail to leave honourably.”
“Obafemi Awolowo University Students’ Union is not part of the latest move by NANS,” Mr. Ojedokun said.
Also speaking on the matter is Tope Ojedele the president of the University of Lagos press team. Shee registered her utter disappointment at the action of the NANS leadership.
She said “The action of NANS is very questionable especially looking at the integrity of Mr Kashamu. The award is more like ‘cash and carry’”.
“We want the NANS leaders to resign, if they cannot explain the reasons for the award since they may have their own reasons.”
However, a student leader(who doesn’t want his name in print) of the University of Ibadan and president of Union of Campus Journalists called for caution in condemning NANS leadership.
“Even though the action of NANS is condemnable, taking hasty steps in dealing with NANS leaders may spell doom,” he said.
“The only thing we may want to do is to go back to the drawing table so we can restructure NANS. Moreover they may have their reasons for giving the award to Kashamu. We need to listen their reasons,” he said.
NANS on the other hand through its South West General Secretary, Oloja Olanrewaju, has reacted to the call for the excos to resign when he noted that the award given to Mr. Kashamu was for his philanthropy.
“Buruji Kashamu is an untiring hardworking man who has an exemplary and leadership style. During the eight months unpaid salary saga in Osun state, he supplied 5000 bags of rice and 1000 gallons of kerosene, he has also supported democracy and education that is more of why he emerged as a senator in Nigeria that is why we think he deserves the award,” he said.