The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has promised never to
provide cover for the criminally-minded youth within their fold in order to give
proper effect to the fight against crimes and criminality across the country.
The umbrella body of the Nigerian students made the pledge in Ibadan on Friday,
August 9, 2019 during a courtesy visit to the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Led by the Chairman of its Joint Campus Committee, Oyo State Chapter,
Olujuwon Asubiojo, the team conveyed the association’s satisfaction on the
Commission’s effort at ridding the Nigerian society of economic and financial
crimes, pledging its readiness to use its influence to expose all forms of corruption
across the nation’s higher institutions of learning.
“Though, it is our responsibility to protect the interest of students, we will not
protect the interest of criminals,” he said.
While stating the purpose of the visit, Asubiojo noted that the association had
always wanted to relate with the Commission on how best the two bodies could
collaborate to change the disturbing trend of increasing rate of youth involvement
in criminal activities.
According to him, the trend has reached a worrisome level that calls for strategic
collaboration between their association and the anti-graft body with a view to
finding the means to change the narrative in the interest of the future of the
“If we do not join hands with this Commission to fight corruption, corruption will
come back to fight us. Fight against corruption is not just the duty of the EFCC, it
is a patriotic effort we must enlist in,” he enthused.
Asubiojo also disclosed to the EFCC some of the areas where NANS wanted to
join in the campaign, adding that his members were willing to feature in any
capacity that will extensively address issues of corruption in the academic
“We are already planning programmes to sensitize youths in the tertiary
institutions on the ills of corruption to the nation. We would also implore the
Commission to beam its searchlight on issues of corruption at the administrative
level in our tertiary institutions. A lot is going on there which the EFCC needs to
show more than passing interest on,” he added.
While receiving the NANS delegation on behalf of the Commission’s acting
Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, the Ibadan Zonal Head, Friday Ebelo, described the
Commission as a youth-friendly body, adding that the sustained crackdown on
internet fraudsters in recent times was to dissuade the youth from starting out their
lives as criminals and ex-convicts.
He thanked the student leaders for the visit, their suggestions and offering to be
part of the effort to make Nigeria a crime-free society.
“The image of this country has been heavily battered by the nefarious activities of
the corrupt few. We are a hardworking people and it is just a few that are denting
the image of the country,” he said.
The EFCC boss charged them to face their life challenges with determination and
ensure that they give their best in all they do, saying ‘hard work pays.’
“Youths should invest their time in things that will bring pride to their families,
not shame” he admonished.
He then assured them of robust collaboration henceforth, adding that all issues
brought before the Commission will be looked into.