4th October, 2010
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC), hasÂ condemned the parochial and self-servingÂ political activities of some National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) so-calledÂ ‘leadersâ€™.
In a press statement signed by the National Secretary of the group, Mr Chinedu Bosah, theÂ ERC described the activities of the different factions of NANS leadership as shamelessÂ acts, adding that the student body has lost its vibrant tradition and has been taken overÂ by opportunists who deploy it to serve the interests of different sections of the rulingÂ class.
ERC condemned one of the factional presidents of NANS, Mr. Jude Imague, who was reportedÂ in the media to have declared that NANS and all Nigerian students support PresidentÂ Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s presidency in the 2011 election. The statement credited to Imague hadÂ stated that: â€œWe (Nigerian students) are equally unanimous in our scrutiny that PresidentÂ Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, having served as a lecturer, Local Government Chairman, DeputyÂ Governor, Governor, Vice President and current president of the nation, is the mostÂ experienced, qualified, efficient, reliable, equitable, and fair Nigerian to lead NigeriaÂ to the promised land in 2011 as Nigeriaâ€™s Presidentâ€.
ERC said the statement is fallacious, making a reference to ex-President OlusegunÂ Obasanjo who â€œtwice served this country in the highest capacity and more than any otherÂ leader but failed woefully!â€
ERC declared that they have opposed Jonathanâ€™s aspiration like all otherÂ anti-students/workers presidential aspirants/candidates due to their anti-educationÂ posture in relation to the underfunding of education at levels.Â They said using the nameÂ of NANS and Nigerian students in whatever capacity to declare support for anyÂ presidential aspirant is not only sheer opportunism, but is also undemocratic andÂ treacherous.