Of Nans’ Bondage and School Authorities’ Stoppage

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Muffled are our voices, chained are our hands and shackled are our legs as we are all incarcerated in the prison of School Authorities who always think they can not be wrong in any decisions they make especially those affecting us, the students. Criticisms are like a dagger in their throats which they are always finding any means to dodge even if it is sending the critique to their prison or silence him to death by threatening him with Students Displicinary Committee (SDC). Such is how we live here.

Some weeks ago, the tricycles took over from motorcycles and we were surprised at the decision for it makes many of us to cycle with our legs, either from Vet Medicine to Awo Hall or from Zik Hall to Pharmacy. We lamented on how uncomfortable we are about that decision, nonetheless it has not being reversed, perhaps, it will after the School Authorities read this about how pained we are.
Also, the rustication of Kunle Adebajo is still hanging, it has served like a blow on our collective intellects as campus journalists as we are made to know that righting (writing) the wrongs can earn us degree in the department of Students Disciplinary Committee.

Suspension of our Students Union crowns it all for we do not have a proper place to voice our sufferings. Who knows if we would not have been in this situation had there Students Union? who knows if we would not have been made to pay Technology fees had we have our student leaders to fight for us? Who knows if there would not have been the said rousing cultism in Zik Hall had we have our Voice to tame them down?

However, as rightful as our demands are we should not let them override our reasonings, we should not let our crying forced us into a pit of regret like it did when we protested during FreeMote and NO ID Card saga, and we came back to meet what we protested against. We should learn from the pasts that some strategies are tragedies and that they may make us walk in the duck of Management, though that does not mean we should not stand for our rights, as our education is useless if we can not ask for our fundamental liberties.

But we should have a second thought as regards NANS being the solution to our problems, we should place them into scrutiny if they are not guilty of the offence they make against the Management of this school. Gone are those days when they lived up to their true principles. Gone are those days when they served as the voice of the voiceless, when they questioned the bad policies made by the government, when they policed the state with their patriotic actions. These are people who are well acquainted with Nigerian history and were truly fighting to build this nation to the acme of greatness.

They were the ones during Tafawa Balewa’s regime in the 60s who truncated Anglo Nigerian defence Pact which gave the British right to build their military base in Nigeria but which might cause another round of colonization for us as our armies would still be subsumed under them.

They were the ones during Ali Must Go who challenged the Military Government to reverse their policy of increasing food with 50kobo and went on street when the Government didn’t listen to them, though the protest later led about 8 students to their untimely graves, it is still regarded as the mother of Aluta. The students united with their leaders because they lived up to their principles, because their leaders were not stooges in the hands of politicians.

As Yoruba adage would put it, he who wants to gift a new clothe should not be found wanton of wearing rags; the messengers should uphold their messages, we should not find the different between NANS’ messages and what they are really are. Or how will it sound if a man who wears a dirty clothe accuses his wife of keeping the house untidy? Or what’s the different between All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party if not their parties’ names? Or how will people who are meant to be saved save us?

These are people who promised President Muhammdu Buhari vote during this 2019 General Election. These are students who gift out awards to our unworthy politicians because of money they will savour from it. These are people who are used as a political thug anywhere everywhere. So, if they say, they are coming to save us, should not we have a second thought about that?

There is no doubt that we live in the prison of School Authorities as students live in the graves of silence, but NANS is not our saviors neither our messaihs.

Isn’t it hightime we found another means to combat this menace of school authorities without resulting to Aluta? Isn’t it hightime the school authorities saw students as partner in progress? Isn’t it hightime we regained our lost glories through an intellectual means?

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