The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has described the invasion of the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday as a bad precedence to Nigerian youths.
This is contained in a statement sent to EduCeleb.com by the National Public Relations Officer of the body, Okereafor Bestman Opeyemi.
The statement also described the incident that led to the stealing of the mace of the House as embarrassing to Nigeria’s democracy.
Some hoodlums whose identities had not been ascertained seized the mace, which is the symbol of authority in the legislature, and thereafter stole it from the chambers during a plenary session. An alternative mace was later introduced for the proceedings to continue much later.
“The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) received with dismay the news and video currently in circulation about the invasion of the Nigeria upper chamber and subsequent snatching of the Senate ‘s maze and symbol of authority.
“NANS sees this as a pure mockery of the Nation’s democracy and no doubt a disheartening precedent for Nigerian youths at a time when the youths are gathering momentum to take up leadership positions at different levels of the country,” the statement read in part.
The apex students’ body also called for investigations into the incident towards identifying the persons behind it and bringing them to justice.
“NANS is however calling on appropriate authorities to as a matter of urgency look into the circumstances surrounding the invasion and unbiased persecution of anyone linked to the invasion. Its embarrassing that despite the high number of security operatives attached to the national assembly such embarrassing action was successfully achieved without challenge or possible apprehension of any of the suspected hudlums this is a pure security lapse and threat,” it read.
The statement did not end without a challenge to Nigerian legislators to be worthy role models to Nigerian youth.
“NANS is finally calling on the present senators of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria to serve as role models to Nigerian Youths by consistently conducting themselves in a manner expected of good leaders rather than conducting themselves in a manner capable of destabilizing the democracy currently been enjoyed in our beloved country Nigeria,” it concluded.