Probe human right abuses in Ekiti – NANS

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for a probe of alleged human right abuses in Ekiti State.

The students’ body also called for immediate resumption of Ekiti State University (EKSU) decrying the collapse of academic activities in the institution for over a month.

Addressing a news conference in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, NANS Vice President (External Affairs), Oluwatosin Ogunkuade, expressed shock that a government that is claiming that it has no money to pay academic staff is “spending heavily on political jamboree.”

He condemned what he called “total neglect and condemnable abandonment if the education sector in Ekiti State” saying it is surprised that the state government is “looking the other way when students are idling away at home due to its inability to fulfill obligations to lecturers and other workers of EKSU.

The NANS chief congratulated General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the March 28 presidential election saying it was noteworthy that the All Progressives Congress (AC) candidate won in all polling units across all campuses in Nigeria.

Ogunkuade said President Goodluck Jonathan’s concession of defeat was a legacy handed down by former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi which he said has added value to the nation’s democracy.

Stressing the need to uphold the rule of law in Ekiti, the students’ leader regretted violence and attacks on political opponents in Ekiti State Mai training that the alleged infringement of citizens’ fundamental human rights must not be swept under the carpet.

He said: “We have noted with keen interest the ongoing political development in Ekiti State and we wish to state that he who must come to equity must come with clean hands.

“Let us recall that preparatory to the March 28th Presidential and National Assembly Election, a lot of incidence of violence and gross abuse of human rights sponsored and spear headed by the Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose was experienced in Ekiti State, of particular interest is the attack and subsequent arrest of myself and my comrades after our eventful outing at General Muhammadu Buhari Rally in Ekiti State on Saturday 24th January 2014.

“We believe that these numerous cases of infringement on the fundamental human rights of Ekiti People must not be swept under the carpet.

“Therefore, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, welcomes and throws our weight behind all legal and legitimate moves to restore sanity and dignity to Governance in Ekiti State.”

He urged Nigerian students to come out en masse on Saturday and exercise their franchise in the governorship and House of Assembly elections nationwide to consolidate democracy.

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