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NANS/SUG, Intellectual House Of Nigerian Youth—Shaibu

By Ben Atu

The APC deputy Governorship running mate in the September 10th election in Edo State Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu has described the National Association of the Nigerian Students (NANS) and the Student Union Government (SUG) as the intellectual House of the Nigerian youth stressing that every other youth group ought to emulate the students movement if students Unions are ready to sacrifice and position themselves as the future leaders of the Nation.

Shaibu who was a former President of NANS was speaking at the Obaseki Campaign organization in Benin Yesterday when Students and executives of the SUG from the University of Benin (UNIBEN) paid a solidarity visit to one of their own said, as the intellectual house of the Nigerian Youth Students Unions are supposed to be the most coordinated and organize body for others groups or association to come and draw inspiration.

He pleads with the Nigerian Students to embraced violence free protest in order to achieve their request and objective stressing that dialogue is a better approach to negotiation rather than demonstration.

Shaibu who was the former majority leader of the Edo State House of Assembly and the Member Representing Etsako Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives said “As NANS president, he led 27 protests along side with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as a labour President.

According to him, “he is not against any form of protest so long as it will move the society forward but discourage all forms of violent protest which he said has made many to lose their lives without achieving their objectives.

He maintains that the major role of every youth movement, is to concertize their followers on what is right and the right steps to follow during agitations rather than collecting bribe from government agencies to support government policies which are anti human in nature.

As the leader of the Abacha Must go Protest and the Fuel Hike in the beginning of this democratic dispensation, shaibu said he was offered 40, million (forty million) to mobilized students to kick against Nigeria Labour Congress and other Unions but reject the offer from the Federal Government and mobilized Nigerian Students to Join Adams Oshiomhole in achieving the collective objective of fuel reduction for the overall benefit of all Nigerians.

According to the law maker, “the current goodwill he is enjoying with the comrade governor was as a result of many years of sacrifice and collective struggle by rejecting mouth watering financial offer to protect the interest of the common man in the society. As a former member of the Edo State House of Assembly it would be recalled that Hon. Shaibu also rejected several financial offer from the PDP for him to mobilized support against the government of Adams Oshiomhole.

”As Nigerian Youth, we must imbibe and revive the spirit of service and be ready to build our future through sacrificial service and dedication to duty. As youth, we must reject the temptation to exploit public fund in order to build trust for the unknown future ahead of us. He assured that the administration of Godwin Obaseki with him as the deputy, will ensure that the needs of the Edo Youth are meet and the interest of students well protected” he added.

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