The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has declared a nationwide protest to demand the release of a student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Aminu Adamu Mohammed, who was arrested and sent to prison over a tweet he posted on Nigeria’s First Lady, A’isha Buhari.
NANS President, Usman Barambu, in an issued statement yesterday, noted that the protest, which would commence on Monday, would be indefinite until Mohammed regained freedom.
The association had earlier apologised to the First Lady, while also calling for Aminu’s release. This not working, NANS said it had exhausted options of consultation and consolidation, and would thereby be confronting. “Please note that our demonstration shall continue until he is released unconditionally”, the statement said.
It was gathered that Mohammed was reportedly picked up by security operatives, who traced him to Jigawa and brought him to Abuja last month.
Justice Halilu Yusuf, of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court subsequently remanded Mohammed at the Suleja Correctional Centre, in Niger State, for allegedly damaging the reputation of the First Lady.
Adamu’s arrest has generated reactions on social media, with many Nigerians, including notable personalities, calling for his release.
Barambu noted that NANS’ protest would be against the First Lady and the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.