A student has been accused of defaming Katsina state governor after alleging state political interference in Students' union affairs
The level of moral decadence in the Nigeria has gone from bad to worse to the extent that a State University student masquerading as a Comrade can just go the press and make unfounded allegations against a highly performing sitting governor in his desperate bid to blackmail him to declare their candidate the winner of student election even though he was roundly rejected at the pools.
A certain Comrade Muhd M. Liman (Dan Liman) threw moral to the Dogs and alleged that a “student union President Elect is being blocked by the ‘agents’ of the state, allegedly because his father is an All Peoples Congress leader (APC) leader” I have tried unsuccessfully to find out if there is any registered party known as “All Peoples Congress” in Nigeria.
For a student who has spent close to 8 years running a 4 year course in University without graduating, I wonder if his words can ever be taken seriously. What only worries me is his futile and mischievous attempt to drag an innocent man – Ibrahim Shehu Shema in to their misfortune of being rejected by the Katsina State Students that voted during the August 9th election.
There were 5 contenders for the office of the presidency of the Association.
Due to the poor handling of the election by the electoral committee, there were allegation of electoral irregularities by the members of the Electoral Committee themselves which resulted into a tie with the two leading candidates – Comr Kabir Ahmad AKA Nigerian Students and Comr. Abdulrahman Salihu Maska having 81 votes each.
The Electoral Committee members who were allegedly bought by Maska and his sponsors had mismanaged the election and it was marred by so many irregularities to the extent that votes got missing during counting!
How can a student who is supposed to be certified worthy in character first before learning went to town with damning false, baseless and unfounded allegation against a governor who had within the years he had stayed in office undertook so many transformational projects not only in the University the so called Comrade is studying for years without graduating but in every sector of the state economy if not for moral decadence? It is on record that Dr. Ibrahim Shehu Shema’s administration in Katsina state undertook projects worth billions of naira billions of naira in the University which has made the state-owned University a Citadel of Learning
University which has made the state-owned University a Citadel of Learning befitting the 21st century standard university setting.
The same fraudulent electoral committee members after unsuccessfully waiting for a week to conduct a re-run election, mischievously and shamelessly declared the so called “President Elect” as the winner of the unconcluded election. If I may ask the Kangaroo outgoing Vice President of the National Association of Katsina State Students (NAKATSS), of what interest will it serve His Excellency, Dr Ibrahim Shehu Shema if his preferred candidate is elected president of a student union? What harm would Maska bring to the Government of Dr. Shemahad he been elected when more than 60% of the students rejected him? Who and how are the ‘agents’ of the state blocking the so called “President Elect”? What is his definition of “block” as used in his statement in defaming the Governor’s character? Is he too ignorant to know that, if the governor and the stakeholders have a choice to reject or accept whosoever is elected president of the student union as he alleged, there wouldn’t have been a need for the election?
Before I end my piece, let me advice Dan Liman to concentrate in his studies and graduate from the university instead of engaging in wild goose chase in his disparate bid to defame the character of a good man and fanning the embers of discord in the state as his mates who had graduated 4 years ago are already working and helping to develop their fatherland. Let me advise him in my capacity as a Senior Comrade, that violence is the only thing that destroys with it what it intends to create.
I will also advice the law enforcement agents to put this Kangaroo Comrade and his cronies on surveillance in case of possible outbreak of violence by students caused by his incitement.
He who has an ear let him hear, because a stitch in time saves nigh.
Usman Baba Ahmed, a public commentator, writes in from Katsina. He can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org