As Nigerians celebrate the independent day nationwide, The National Association of Nigerian Students has pledge its support for the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The body also called on all Nigerians to support the fight in order to bequeath a better Nigeria for the young generation.
NANS President, Comrade Aruna Kadiri, while reacting to the independence speech by President Buhari, particularly on the issue of corruption, insisted that fight against the hydra-headed corruption could be won by Buhari alone.
Kadiri called on the National Assembly to enact laws that would strengthen the anti-corruption drive of the administration.
President Buhari had said: “We are fully aware that fighting corruption was never going to be a straightforward task. We expected corrupt elements to use any weapon to fight back, mainly judicial obstruction and political diversion. But we are determined to eradicate corruption from our body politic”.
He also commended the National Assembly for refocusing on its oversight committees, while urging them to, in addition, ensure swift passage of enabling corruption laws.
The NANS President said that at this time every Nigerian should join the President to fight corruption, saying because “we don’t fight corruption, corruption will kill us.”
He said even the youth have more stake in the fight against corruption, adding “NANS has joined Mr President to ask the National Assembly to enact laws that will boost the fight against corruption.”
Earlier in his goodwill message, the NANS President said the moment of the 57th anniversary, called for sober reflection.
The goodwill message reads in part: “The leadership of the apex students governing body, under the auspices of the National Association Of Nigerian Students NANS under the able leadership of Comr. Aruna Kadiri congratulates the great Nigerian Students, government and good people of Nigeria on the 57th Independence day celebration.
“NANS, however, see this day as a moment for sober reflection and not a time for jamboree considering the state of the Nation in terms of calls for secession by some groups, kidnapping, insurgencies, deplorable conditions of roads, poor electricity supply, high cost of living, unemployment among several others.
“NANS is, however, calling on the presidency to passionately consider the recent calls for a restructuring in the interest of National Unity.
“And also not to deviate in fulfilling the agreement reached with both the Academic and non-academic staff unions of universities.
“Conclusively NANS wish to reaffirm her total commitment and loyalty to Nigerian Students, as we are poised to serving and giving responsible and responsive representation, even as we implore state governors to prioritize the welfare of Nigerian Students,” he said.