Ahead of the commencement of the 8th Assembly, the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS has urged the President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to allow a free process in the election of the leadership of the National Assembly so that the best hands will emerge rather than resort to zoning.
President of NANS, Comrade Tijani Usman was reacting to media speculations that Buhari and the leadership of the APC were involved in series of meetings to finalise on zoning of the principal officers.
Comrade Usman, in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday stated thus; “While we acknowledge that there is a need to have national spread in assigning responsibilities, we must also be mindful of the fact that the work ahead in moving this nation forward is much and only competent hands can deliver on the expectations of the generality of Nigerians.
“It is a known fact that the leaderships that have emerged by mere sentiments of zoning have failed us in the past as they have at best served as rubber stamp for the executive. The vibrancy currently witnessed in the House of Representatives is a good example of what we get when the process of selecting legislative leadership is seamless”, the student leader noted.
While calling on interested parties in the Speakership to emulate Hon. Abdulmumin Jibril, House Chairman on Finance who has stated his antecedence in the House and what he intends to do if elected, Comrade Usman said it was imperative for all interested in such exalted office to make their plans known.
Meanwhile, NANS has expressed disappointment with South African government over xenophobic attacks on non-South Africans in their territories.
Consequently, it has called for immediate end to such callous acts, as it will not contemplate to shoot down all South African businesses in the country and as well make her citizens uncomfortable.