CHAIRMAN of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu has been described as a man who lacks charisma and outstanding performance in the nation’s current democratic dispensation.
The National Association of Nigerian students, (NANS) disclosed this while addressing pressmen at the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, in Osogbo, the state capital, last Friday.
NANS also debunked the national award of “Best Man of the Year” given to the controversial INEC boss by one of the nation’s leaders of the students’ movement, known as Comrade Igwe.
According to the State Chairman of NANS, Comrade Yusuf Ibrahim, Iwu has failed the Nigerian students by conducting the most controversial election in the history of the country and therefore does not deserve any award.
Besides, the South-West wing of the NANS (zone D) had earlier debunked the national award given to the INEC boss, describing it as frivolous and a fraudulent one.
The Zone D General-Secretary of the NANS, Comrade Jolapamo Bolanle stated that Igwe personally and fraudulently gave the award to Iwu without the consent of other national leaders of the students’ movement.
Bolanle maintained that Iwu does not possess the required charisma and performance that could convince the NANS to give a meritorious award to him.
He stated: “Iwu is not worthy of a national award, because he had betrayed the Nigerian students by conducting the most controversial election in the country.
“Comrade Igwe (NANS leader) gave the award to Iwu based on the fact that they both hail from the same state (Imo)
“He (Iwu) did not deserve the meritorious award and we hereby debunk it. NANS does not give award to such a man.”
Meanwhile, the student movement has also called on the state government to appease to the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in order to calls-off the teachers’ strike.
According to the Director of Mobilization of the state Axis of NANS, Comrade Seun Abosede the state government has what it takes to meet the demands of the teachers.
Abosede, however, warned Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration against toying with both primary and secondary education, adding that the government should find a lasting solution to the current crisis rocking the state education ministry.
“The teachers’ strike, if not stopped, will spell doom to the lives of thousands of students, who have been turned into idle hands by the teachers’ strike”, Abosede reiterated.
– ISMAIL USMAN