FUOYE Crisis: NANS’ Senate Plenary Exonerates EKSG from Culpability …Senate President reiterates the need for patience, due consultation in the heat of the moment

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), during its
Plenary Session held in Ado-Ekiti today, absolved Ekiti State
Government of any malicious involvement in the recent near breakdown
of Law and orders that occurred at the Federal University (FUOYE) and
environmental Oye-Ekiti.
While addressing Executive members of NANS from the six geopolitical
zones of the country, and representatives of Ekiti State Government,
the First Lady, Her Excellency Erelu Bisi Fayemi; Secretary to the
State Government, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji; Hon. Commissioner for
Information and Values Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, and SA
Youths & Student Matters, Comrade Moses Ademiloye, in a very
hospitable meeting, the Senate President of the Association, Gambo Abu
Mohammed said that the Plenary was scheduled to address pressing
issues facing Nigerian students nationwide, while importantly
discussing the issues that emanated from the FUOYE incidents a few
months back.
Gambo who is also a Post-Graduate Student of Ibrahim Badamosi
Babangida (IBB) University, Minna in Niger State, noted that the
Association, over the years, has built a cordial relationship with
Ekiti State Government under Dr. John kayode Fayemi’s administration
inclusive.
He acknowledged the impactful contributions of Governor Kayode Fayemi
and his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi to the growth and development of
Nigerian youths at various levels, now and in times past.
He, however, refutes any assertions that the State Government
deliberately attacked students of FUOYE during the crisis, adding that
Erelu Bisi Fayemi has always been a mother-figure to all students of
various institutions in the State.
“The investigation was actually carried out by NANS FUOYE President in
the person of Comrade Danielson Bamidele who gave a report of the
incident and after a critical study of that investigation; we
concluded that Her Excellency, Erelu Bisi Fayemi is innocent of any
accusation whatsoever. It is quite an unfortunate incident and more
unfortunate that Her Excellency was at the scene of the crisis.
“Thereafter, NANS made certain demand with Ekiti State government and
I have been reliably informed that the government has complied with
all our demands. We acknowledged the respect that the State government
has given to the Association and this is a clear indication that this
State government truly cares about the wellbeing and development of
their youths,” he said.
He concluded by praying for the families of the deceased, saying that
may God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. He also
sued for continuous peaceful coexistence between the State government
and the Association.
In her response, Her Excellency Erelu Bisi Fayemi said that any
responsive and responsible government must attend to the pressing
needs of the people. She also affirmed that the FUOYE incident has not
deterred her from showing love and respect to Nigerian students and
the youths at large, saying that the unfortunate occurrence has only
inspired her to do more in supporting the dreams and aspirations of
the youths, within and outside Ekiti State.
The First Lady also pleaded with the NANS executives to remain good
ambassadors of Nigerian students nationwide. She advised them to shun
violence but rather embrace a constructive approach in making their
demands from governments at all levels.
Also speaking was the immediate past NANS National Public Relations
Officer who also doubles as the Chairman, Local Organising Committee
of the Senate Sitting, Comrade Idowu Odebunmi who contributed that the
meeting was strategic to building further, healthy relationship
between NANS and the State Government.
He also noted that the Sitting affords members of NANS from other
states, the opportunity to explore the State’s rich tourism and
cultural sphere while experiencing good governance in action.
“This is needful in a time like this. We want to ensure that Ekiti
Stat maintains a good record of hospitality and tranquillity. As a
State that prides in Knowledge and Honour, we want every delegate at
the Sitting to understand how the State government has positioned
Nigerian students for greater heights,” he said.
He, however, appreciated officials of the State government,
particularly Erelu Bisi Fayemi for affording NANS the privilege to
hold the rare meeting in Ekiti State despite the damaging effects of
FUOYE incident.
In his words, SA Youths & Social Matters to Governor Fayemi, Comrade
Moses Ademiloye said that the Sitting was timely, knowing that 2019 is
coming to a close as the State government plans to unfold new
development agenda for Ekiti State.
He also thanked NANS delegates for their usual cooperation as well as
their efforts towards building a sustainable working relationship with
Ekiti State government.

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