Attempts to delay President-Elect Bola Tinubu’s inauguration on May 29, 2023 will be met with retaliation, according to a warning from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
In response to claims that there was a continuing scheme to erect an interim government and thwart Tinubu’s inauguration, NAN made this declaration.
A statement by its Vice President (External Affairs) Akinteye Babatunde Afeez said:-.
Following recent reports from the Nigerian DSS that there are frantic efforts and evil schemes by some scrupulous elements in the Nigerian political space to sever the Nigerian political system by delaying Sen. The Nigerian Students view Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the president-elect, and the illegitimate installation of an interim government as a SHAM, and we assert that IT CANNOT WORK.
“It is laughable in all ramifications that an election was organized by INEC, the presidential election resulted in a PRESIDENT-ELECT, and this winner was announced by the same body – INEC that conducted the election, then a group of sycophants would come together to plan to compromise the nation’s fragile peace for their own interests.
“This will be totally unacceptable to everyone. With every force at their disposal, all Nigerian students would fight against this. The days of Nigeria’s dark ages, when most citizens were unaware of their rights and privileges, are long gone as of June 12, 1993.
“This time of militarization and affront impunity, in which a single person or small group of individuals could easily devise plans and carry them out against the wishes of the populace, has passed. The time when Nigerian students and youth would watch as others made decisions for us, to our detriment as individuals and as a country, is long gone. We have all grown wiser since then. This won’t work.
Candidates should seek legal action if they are dissatisfied with the presidential election’s results, according to NANS.
“As a matter of urgency, I hereby call upon the Nigerian students, the Nigerian youth, and all Nigerian citizens to be ready to resist every form of oppression or manipulation that would cause Nigeria to fall behind other nations in the comity of nations, as well as any installation that would disturb the peace and tranquility that Nigeria is currently experiencing following the fervor of the recently concluded election.
I want to state unequivocally that any attempt to impose an unneeded interim government or thwart the inauguration of the president-elect on May 29, 2023, will be fiercely resisted by Nigerian students, speaking in my official capacity as the organization’s leadership.
“We’ll let these egotistical and self-centered leaders know that their time has passed and that Nigerians, especially Nigerian students, are now in charge of their own destinies and have a strong stake in how their nation is run and governed.
In order to ensure that the right things are done at all times in our beloved country of Nigeria, we will stand firm against all forms of intimidation and oppression from all sources.
“I strongly advise that any political party or candidate who is dissatisfied with the results of the presidential election should seek redress in a court of law and refrain from inciting violence in any way so that Nigeria can advance. “