The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS has sent a letter of apology to the wife of the president of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, on the statement made against her by Aminu Mohammed, a student of the Federal University, Dutse Jigawa, on twitter.
In a statement issued by its president, Usman Barambu, on Tuesday, NANS, called for the release of Aminu Mohammed while apologizing on behalf of the Nigerian students.
Barambu sated also that it was unlawful the way Aminu was “kidnapped” for his school by the police and beaten up. According to him, Aminu has sustained several bruises and is yet to be given any medical attention.
Barambu said that Aminu was taken by the police without the information of the school authorities or his family. He subtly threatened that Aminu be released, or the police will face the wrath of the students.
He also advised the students to deal with wisdom when dealing with people, especially their leaders, and be careful what they post on social media.
He urged that the leaders overlook criticism as public servants, knowing that people express themselves differently.
He stated “The leadership of NANS received with concern the news of the unlawful arrest of Mohammed by the Nigeria Police on the instruction of Aisha Buhari. Upon receiving the news, I, Mohammed’s family, and friends swung into action to trace the whereabouts of Mohammed. After some days of searching, we got the information that he was at the police unit in Wuse Zone 2.
“ I met with Mohammed at the police custody. It was alleged that Mohammed some weeks back posted Aisha Buhari’s picture on Twitter with the caption “Su mama anchi kudin talakawa an koshi” (translated from Hausa to ‘the mother has gotten fatter by eating masses’ money’).
“Just like the normal way angry citizens have different ways of expression on social media. On November 18, 2022, the police from Abuja tracked Mohammed to the Federal University Dutse and picked him up without any written/verbal invitation or informing the school management or his family, after which he was unlawfully detained at a police facility at Wuse Zone II till date. I, alongside our team of lawyers, met with Mohammed at the police facility where he confirmed the incident to me. Until now, Mohammed has not been arraigned by any competent court of law or granted bail by the police.” He narrated.
“We want to, on behalf of all the Nigerian students, tender our unreserved apology to the First Lady Aisha Buhari, for the action of Mohammed which might have caused her and her family pains. However, as leaders and public office holders, we must overlook some criticisms if we want to really forge ahead and do the right thing.
“We demand a detailed explanation by the Nigeria Police on why they will go to the school premises and ‘kidnap’ a student without due process and took him straight to the Presidential Villa where he was brutalised which violates his fundamental human rights,” Barambu continued.
“We call on the police as a matter of national interest and urgency to release Mohammed unconditionally or be prepared to face the Nigerian students.
“However, we are calling on our teeming students to be careful and apply decorum in dealing with people, especially our leaders. They should be mindful of what they post on social media.
“We want to inform the general public to be patient as we await response and actions from the Inspector General of Police on a letter earlier sent to his office,” He added.