National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said it is ready to embark on a nationwide protest to demand the release of Aminu Adamu Mohammed who was arrested by security operatives over a tweet against President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Hajiya Aisha Buhari.
Last week, security operatives pick up Aminu, a student of the Federal University in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, and whisked to Abuja over comments on Hajiya Aisha’s weight.
He was arraigned on Tuesday before a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court Number 14 and later remanded in prison.
Moved by the development, the leadership of NANS, in a statement by its president, Usman Umar Barambu, announced that the students’ body had scheduled a nationwide protest for Monday, December 5.
The statement reads: “Sequel to the exhaustion of every option available to us before confrontation in seeking the freedom of one of us who was arrested in a questionable manner, tortured, molested, harassed and detained by agents of the government, you are hereby notified of the decision of the leadership of the NANS to proceed on a nationwide protest.
“We have consulted and consolidated and neither yielded desirable results in seeking the freedom of Aminu Adamu Mohammed, a student of the Federal University of Dutse, hence, the protest will commence as follow:
“Monday, December 5, 2022, nationwide protest. Please, note that the demonstration shall continue until he is released unconditionally.
“The protest is against Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, and wife of the President, Aisha Muhammadu-Buhari.”
Also, the Southwest Zone of NANS has urged security agencies to release Mohammed immediately and unconditionally.
The body threatened to block major roads across the Southwest in a protest against the First Lady, if she fails to order the release of Mohammed.
Mohammed, a 500-level student of Federal University in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, had been charged to court and remanded at Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger State for tweeting that the First Lady was feeding fat on the poor people’s money.
In a joint statement yesterday by the zonal coordinator of NANS Southwest Zone D, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji, and Chairman of NANS in Ogun State, Simeon Damilola Kehinde, the students’ body condemned the continued detention of Mohammed, describing it as violation of human rights.
Also, a coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Aminu Adamu Mohammed.
In a statement yesterday by its Secretary General Iskil Abubakar, the coalition said: “The Students’ Wing of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) wishes to join all concerned Nigerians in condemning in its totality the impunity with which Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, ordered the unlawful arrest and perpetual detention without trial of a fellow student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Aminu Adamu.
“CNG finds the action of Lady Aisha Buhari and the Department of State Services (DSS) over the arrest of a young Nigerian for merely passing a remark on Twitter very disturbing.
“By whatever Lingua Franca, the action of the First Lady smacks of gross abuse of power, insensitivity to the plight of the Nigerian students and, it is, therefore, unwarranted and unacceptable…”