Ahead of its forthcoming convention, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from meddling into the electoral process. Describing NANS as a students’ body and not an extension of government, the association vowed to reject any attempt to disrupt internal democratic process within the association for selfish political reasons. In a statement issued on Saturday by NANS presidential aspirant, Comrade Friday Adayi in Abuja, he accused the Presidency of anointing a special aspirant through Buhari’s Chief Security Officer.
According to him, Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Affairs, Mr. Nasir Sa’idu Adhama, had earlier promised that the government would not interfere in the democratic process of NANS.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the moves by the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari to scuttle the forthcoming convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students, for selfish reasons.
“We have received information that the CSO to the President has been parading one of our co-contestants as President Buhari’s candidate to emerge as the next President of NANS while making moves for the candidate to be announced as the President of NANS by all means.
“We, the contestants, are bewildered by this development after the Convention Planning Committee of NANS and other stakeholders had informed us at numerous meetings held with the SA on Youth and Student Affairs to the President, Mr Nasir Sa’idu Adhama that the government will not interfere in the democratic process of NANS.
The statement added that, “NANS is a students’ body and not the extension of government and will therefore reject all attempts by any individual no matter how highly placed, who plans to assassinate democracy among us for their selfish political reasons.
“We call on the government of President Buhari to desist from interfering in the NANS election,” it said.