Concerned campus activists have called on all Nigerian students, activists, organisations and organised labour to join the 1 million match to fight for the cause of the suspended students.
It will be recalled that the management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), rusticated 11 executive members of the school’s students’ union executives, including its president, Muhammed Olaniyan, over the April 2016 protest.
According to the concerned activists, they are frustrated by the apparent inability of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to fight for the cause of the suspended students.
Recently, campus activists held the “All Nigerian Students Summit” at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, which was organised by the Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neo-Liberal Attacks (ANSA).
The ANSA summit highlighted the “spate of victimisation” against the voices of reason across several Nigerian universities.
The body organising the October 1st, one million march said that activists will demand an end to the “anomaly” during the Independence Day march. The group will also demand the decision to rusticate Adeyeye and other “victimised” students are reversed.
In a communiqué issued at the end of their deliberations, the parts said, ”We call on Nigerian students, activists, left organizations and organised labour to join us as we match against fresh attacks at strangulating the living standard of the poor majority and demand the reinstatement of victimized students activists across Nigerian campuses.
”The summit scorned the ignoble state of the Nigerian tertiary institutions especially as it pertains to the parlous state of halls of residence, lecture theatres, erratic power and water supply, inadequate laboratory equipment, obsolete laboratories and many other absurdities that trailed the Nigerian campuses.
”This despicable state of our respective institution remains an effect of years of underfunding of our education system. While there was unanimous agreement to the gruesome effect of underfunding of our Universities, it was also gathered that the Undemocratic management of our Universities permits mindless looting of a bulk of the little allocations from the federal government.
“Despite the N100 billion NEEDS assessment fund distributed across Nigerian universities and many arbitrary attempts at commercialising education via vicious fee increments, this has not stopped students from hitting the street for things as basic as power and water supply,” the summit observed.
The students, however, called on the Nigerian government to probe all public varsity vice chancellors with immediate effect.
Olorunfemi Adeyeye, a UNILAG student handed a four-semester suspension for criticising Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman Bello, also delivered a paper at the summit.
He said “This is the time we stand up for the truth even when we are standing alone. A salient difference exists between LITERACY and EDUCATION.
”Literacy is the ability to read and write while Education is a number of values, ethics, norms and information one possesses first for oneself before passing them to the society for development. It is high time we became educated not certificated”, he added.