The National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS), has kicked against the country’s National Honour, which, according to reports, is expected to be conferred on Adamu Adamu, minister of education.
It had been widely reported on social media platforms that President Muhammadu Buhari listed 437 Nigerians to be honoured on October 11 — and Adamu was included. The minister is said to be honoured with Commander of the Order of Niger, (CON).
Reacting in a statement yesterday, the NANS spokesperson, Giwa Temitope, said the move “is a clear pointer to the fact that Nigerian students have been taken for a ride”. The association blamed Adamu for the eight-month-long strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), adding that the Nigerian education sector has “totally collapsed” under him.
“It constitutes an insult to the collective intelligence of Nigerian students, both home and in the Diaspora, that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, under whose nose University students have been home for close to 8 months, is to be awarded the National Honours of Commander of the Order of Niger (CON)”, the statement read in part.
“This singular act of the Buhari’s administration is a clear pointer to the fact that Nigerian students have been taken for a ride. And, we see this as the final straw that breaks the back of the camel of Buhari’s much-touted integrity.
“In a functioning country, both the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, who shamefully walked out of a meeting with ASUU’s national leadership at the instance of the House of Representatives, as well as his Education counterpart would have been fired before now. But the reverse is the case, as Adamu Adamu, under whose watch the educational sector of the country has totally collapsed, is to be recognised with National Honours for a job well done”, it further stated.
The association said it will mobilise students back to the streets “in protest against the recklessness” of the Federal Government.