NANS President Denies Receiving Cash from Education Minister, Says “We Have Not Met with Wike”
The National President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Comrade Yinka Gdadebo has denied receiving the sum of N30m from the Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike to mobilize Nigerian Student against the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Gbadebo was reported to have been offered the sum to convince Studdent Union Government leaders in various universities to join the Federal Government in embarrassing ASUU, but the student union president in a released signed by him denied meeting the minister.
Below is the full text of the statement:
I have read a lot in the media that I, Adeyinka George Gbadebo, met with the Minister of Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike on Tuesday 3rd November, and the sum of N30million was offered to me to mobilize students against the members of ASUU in order for them to suspend their ongoing five months old subversive strike action against the Federal Government which has satanically affected Nigerian Students than expected.
For the sake of the unsuspecting general public that have been terribly coaxed by the report, I hereby present the truth of the matter:
I met with the Barrister Nyesom Wike on Friday 29th November in his office, and he showed me some documents but I demanded that he should personally present the documents before Nigerian Students in order for the information to have legitimacy. Barrister Wike acceded to my proposal and thereafter, he instructed me to invite all students union presidents (SUG) and the speakers of their parliaments for a meeting on Tuesday 3rd December. Unfortunately, Barrister Wike called to inform me on Monday 2nd December that the meeting will no longer hold because he has an urgent meeting to attend outside Abuja. He however sent his apologies.
However, as expected, some SUG Presidents were already in Abuja before I received the call from Barrister Wike. As a mark of respect, I took those already on ground to the office of Comrade Jude Imagwe, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youths and Students Matters. The Edo born Imagwe was a former NANS President. Jude Imagwe met with the Student Leaders and many issues were discussed.
Country people, what i am saying here is that we never met with Barrister Wike. Where the media got their information that we met with Wike on Tuesday is unknown to me. As I write, the people that propagated the story that we met with Wike have not provided the public the picture of the meeting. I challenge those Students Union Presidents that anonymously told the press that they met with Barrister Wike together with me on Tuesday to tell the public where Wike hosted them. They should bring out pictures of the event.
Pathetically, let me confess that I was shocked that some self-acclaimed student activists could criticize the president of NANS for planning to meet with the Minister of Education. Please whom do they expect me to be meeting with? The Minister of Justice? Is it a crime for student leaders to be invited for an interactive session with the man saddled with the responsibility of catering for their yearnings and aspirations? Where is our spirit of dialogue and consultation? Must everything be settled on the street? Surprisingly, the harangue was being heralded on social media by the agents of those that had earlier helped their state governors to organize interactive sessions with student leaders. Apparently, they collected a huge amount of money then?
Sadly, Many calling themselves intellectuals are Lilliputians as they like rushing to the social media to seek for an attention. Some of them have never served as Class captain in their lives. Their hobby is CRITICISM. No record of successful leadership could be trace to them.
Lastly, I wish those sabotaging moves to make varsities students go back to classroom what their are currently doing to Nigerian Students. And for the information of rumour mongers, a whooping amount of N300million had been paid into my account by Barrister Wike, and not N30million as widely reported by them.lol
Yinka Gbadebo, President, NANS.
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