By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The Joint Campus Committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Osun State axis has condemned in strong terms the killing of a young man on Friday, 25th July, 2014 during the campaign rally of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore at Irojo, Ilesa saying that the incident was an indication that violence has been introduced into political activities in the state ahead of the election.
In a statement issued and signed by the students’ body’s Chairman and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Awowole Samuel and Adekitan Lukman respectively, copy of which was made available to journalists in Osogbo said that the killing was a serious threat to the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The association called on security operatives to unravel those behind the killing and ensure that the long arm of the law caught up with them and admonished all the contestants and their followers to allow a level playground for the sake of democratic development and peace in the land.
The statement also appealed to the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife to rescind its order closing the institution against the students saying the decision is unjustifiable.
It noted that the closure was a declaration of war on the students. They thereby called for immediate re-opening of the campus before the August 2nd, 2014 post UTME examination for the university in the interest of peace.
While debunking the rumour making round in the state that current administration has concluded plans to expel and suspend students’ union leaders who participated in demonstrations against the industrial action embarked by workers in the state owned tertiary institutions, the students’ body described the rumour as having political undertone.
The statement urged residents of the state and the students’ community to shun the rumour saying it was politically sponsored to distract the attention of the public and instigate students against the present administration.
“We state in strong terms that the present administration has neither suspended any students nor expelled any since its inception. We see this rumour as a political sponsored one to distract the attention of the public and instigate students against the state government,” the union said.
NANS said it has however uncovered alleged plan by some ambitious political actors to violently attack some students’ union leaders warning that such action will be highly resisted by the students’ community.
“We are aware of the prepared plan of some over ambitious political actors to violently attack some students’ union leaders in the state. We collectively state in clear term that our union will protect the interest of its members by all means,” the students’ body warned.
While re-affirming its interest in a free and fair elections, the union said that transparent and acceptable election form the basis of unending development in the state.