National Association of Nigerian Students Denies Being Government’s Mouthpiece

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has refuted claims that it has become the mouthpiece of the government, responding to remarks made by human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN).

Falana had expressed concern that the current leadership of NANS seemed to be aligning with the government rather than advocating for the interests of Nigerian students. He emphasized that NANS should prioritize defending students’ rights over supporting government agendas.

In response, the President of NANS, Emonefe Lucky, asserted that his administration has remained committed to defending Nigerian students and upholding the original goals of the association. He clarified that while NANS functions as a pressure group to address injustices against students, it also acknowledges and supports positive government initiatives, particularly in the education sector.

Lucky emphasized that NANS’s role is not limited to opposition but extends to advocating for students’ welfare and recognizing government efforts beneficial to the student community. He cited examples such as supporting student loans and other favorable policies in education.


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