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There was confusion on Tuesday at the Unity Fountain in Abuja as Nigerian students numbering over 200 chased away one Aruna Kadiri who was parading himself as President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
Kadiri was planning to stage an unauthorised protest against the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the Unity Fountain.
When the students loyal to the President of NANS, Chinonso Obasi, got wind of the plan, they moved to the venue to stop him insisting that he does have the authority to speak on behalf of Nigerian students.
They described Aruna Kadiri as a meddlesome interloper who has consistently tried to cause disaffection in the leadership of the Nigerian students by giving awards to some discredited politicians who are facing criminal cases at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
While insisting that the authentic President of NANS remained Comrade Chinonso Obasi, they called on Aruna Kadiri to desist from further parading himself as President and chased him away.
THEWILL recalls that the same Kadiri was said to have been responsible for the cancellation of South Zonal Congress of NANS which held at the Collage of Education, Ilesha, Osun State, where he was accused of bribing the Zonal Coordinator and other stakeholders with the sum of N200,000 at the venue of the convention for him to be recognised.
Although he was allowed to speak, Kadiri was said to have fled immediately Obasi with his Executives arrived the venue of the convention from Ghana where they had gone to attend the All African Students Union Summit.
The Assistant Secretary General of the Zone, Ademola Hamzat was said to have taken charge of the accreditation of senators as enshrined in the NANS Charter of Demand and constitution before Aruna Kadiri allegedly bribed the zonal coordinator and some stakeholders just to enable him address the NANS Senate.
While Aruna fled the convention ground on sighting Obasi and his team, the NANS Senators and stakeholders gave the President a rousing welcome.
Meanwhile, Obasi has revealed that due process was being followed to make known the position of NANS on the ongoing ASUU strike saying an emergency Senate meeting of NANS had been convened to hold in Ilorin, Kwara state on September 7 for the students to take a position.