The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Comrade Danielson Akpan has reportedly ordered the immediate suspension of the planned protest by law students of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Abuja.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, August 25, 2018, Akpan said the protest called by NANS Senate President, Bamigbade Taiwo did not follow due process.
He added that the mass action, which was conveyed in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari did not have the backing and support of the National Association of Nigerian Students.
The NANS president said, “I want to clearly and categorically inform President Buhari and the general public that neither the letter nor the planned mass action emanated from the association”.
“The writer is an impostor of one of the executive offices of NANS, which elections will be slated in the coming emergency senate sitting in September.
“He has been reprimanded and duly apologised for his actions via his Facebook page – Bamigbade Taiwo Egalitarian.
“Hence, the planned mass action is suspended forthwith. It will only be considered when every channel and avenue for peaceful resolution and consultation is exhausted”.
NANS President promises to protect the interest of aggrieved students
Akpan, however, said he felt the pain and sympathise with the aggrieved students, adding that consultations with the management of NOUN and relevant stakeholders to resolve their grievances would immediately commence.
“Therefore, students of NOUN should disregard and stay away from the planned mass action of 27th-31st Aug. 27 to Aug. 31, and go about their normal academic activities.
“I want to assure them that the NANS Presidency is ever willing and ready to address their grievances and fully protect their interests,’’ he said.
For some months now, there has been a disagreement on whether Law graduates of the National Open University, NOUN are qualified to be admitted into the Nigerian Law School or not.
According to reports, the Nigerian Law School has reportedly denied NOUN Law graduates admission into the post-graduate school for five years.