The Deji and the Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun II have lauded the youths of Akure Kingdom for being peaceful and proactive in ensuring that they do not allow breakdown of law and order within the kingdom.
Oba Aladetoyinbo stated this while addressing youth leaders from all the quarters in his domain.
In a statement made available by the Chief Press Secretary to the Monarch, Mr. Adeyeye Michael, He said there are rumours flying around that some people are planning to stage a protest which might be hijacked by hoodlums to perpetrate violence and wreck havoc.
I am confident that no Akure youths or non indigene resident in Akure will ever think of doing anything inimical to the peace of Akure, Ondo state and Nigeria by extension.
The Monarch said he strongly hold the view that Nigerians are entitled to peaceful protest and the need to agitate for whatever borders their mind. However, the current security situation is so fragile that we cannot allow anything to add to the existing woes.
Speaking earlier, the Youth Leader of Akure, Comrade Tuyi Adekanbi who led other youth leaders to the meeting decry the growing rate of insecurity in the land and the growing panic among residents of Akure.
The youth Leader said that there have been great apprehension in the last few weeks as our people could not sleep peacefully. There are reported cases of gunshots in some areas in Akure. As youths, we are mobilizing ourselves to defend our city against any external aggression. While we are now more security conscious in all our localities, we want to also urge our people to desist from peddling rumour and raising the already aggravated tension.
The Youths however, pledged not to be part of any planned protest during the June 12 Democracy Day Celebration. They however, vowed to continue to press for good and responsive government, youth empowerment and revamping of the economy which is nosediving.
Oba Aladetoyinbo urged the people to go about their lawful duties without fear. Our people should also stop the panic buying, he added.
The meeting had in attendance, Senior High Chiefs, Chiefs and Olus; The Olu of Ifetedo, Chief Ade Fayehun also attended the meeting alongside other youth Leaders.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS (NANS) ZONE D (SOUTH WEST)
11 – 06 – 2021
June 12 Protest; Sunday Asefon On His Own As Students’ Structure Are Prepared To Storm The Streets
It is most pathetic to read the statement issued by the President of NANS, Sunday Asefon calling for the cancellation of the June 12 protest which had been planned for and which has had preparations at top-gear for the execution of such. In fact, it must be put in proper perspective that the statement was issued in his personal capacity as the President of NANS and not on behalf of the association, hence, it does not reflect the position of Nigerian students because no consultation was made before such statement was issued. And, it is to this end he was careful enough to have made use of first person singular throughout the cause of writing the statement.
It should be noted that just yesterday, while Sunday Asefon was busy mouthing government’s position, students and staffs of Kaduna Polytechnic were being kidnapped.
As we all know, June 12 is an annual ritual in the country to remember the day the peoples’ right to freely elect their leader was buried. In fact, the day is not about MKO Abiola or any personality as such, but, about the Nigerian people as a whole. And, it is important to state categorically that the essence of tomorrow’s agitation is to show our dissatisfaction as an association against the rising insecurity in the country, the increased inflation rate, peoples’ inability to access health care amongst others and to also call on the government of the day to do more in securing the people of the country.
In fact, if some persons somewhere are going around with the tag #BuhariMustGo, that does not mean that they have the capacity to send him out of the Presidential Villa which he presently occupies. Buhari can only be sent packing though an impeachment process at the floor of the National Assembly.
“So, rather than suspend an agitation because of the activity of some hoodwinked persons, we are duty-bound as an association to come out and clearly state what our position as an association is on the protest that had been called.
And, if at all the NANS President has the interests of Nigerian students at heart, he should have used the occasion of his meeting with the IGP to demand for adequate provision of security personnels to protect students during the cause of the protest which is actually the duty of the Police. As an association, we are not preaching Buhari must go, we believe in one Nigeria but, the current challenges confronting us, security-wise is not encouraging.
As a Zone, we totally dissociate ourself from the statement of the NANS President and call on SU bodies throughout the South West campuses to maintain the moblisation which is on ground. June 12 day of action is sacrosanct and we shall never for any reason succumb to blackmail of any sort. Our agitation is strictly a call for the Federal Government to abide by the social contract willingly entered into with the Nigerian people.
Kowe Odunayo Amos
Coordinator, NANS Zone D.
Giwa Yisa Temitope
Secretary-General, NANS Zone D.