The Nigerian students’ body said it plans to amend its constitution.
The National Association of Nigerian students, NANS, has called on the federal government to sanction any private tertiary Institution that infringes on students fundamental rights
NANS also said it’s making frantic efforts to review the association’s constitution to accommodate students in private institutions as its members
The association’s National President, Adelu Monehin, in a statement in Akure, decried the expulsion of 200 students of Covenant University by its management for not attending the institution’s departure church service after the end of the last semester
Mr. Monehin in the statement said the Covenant University management should be summoned by the federal government and sanctioned for the unjust expulsion of the innocent students.
Quoting from the 1999 constitution Section 10 and 38 as amended, the NANS President said the authority of Covenant University had violated the constitutional provision of Nigeria which states that the “the state or federation must not adopt a religion as a state religion and that no citizen shall be compelled to subscribe to a particular religion on the other of his parents, guardian or any authority
He said for peace and justice to reign, the Federal government and the Nigeria University Commission (NUC) as well as the Federal Ministry of Education should call the management of Covenant University to order as its action is capable of instigating religious intolerance, promoting educational inequality and discrimination in the country
The association also berated the institution for mandating pregnancy and HIV/AIDS test for all its students and staff
Mr. Monehin, while assuring that NANS will not relent in its war against cultism, rape and examination malpractice on campuses, said the association would soon come up with a new constitution that will stipulate the rights of the students, harmonize students in both public and private tertiary institutions and make religion imposition on students an offence
“The current NANS constitution was made during the military and that is while some private universities are taking advantages of it. We are coming up with a new constitution with the backing of the National Assembly and eminent Nigerians.
“The proposed constitution will stipulate the rights of Nigerian students and ensure that religion opposition on campuses as witnessed in the case of Covenant University becomes an offence. Nigerian students are precious and priceless assets. Our future and destinies must not be toyed with. We cannot afford to be stigmatized over unsubstantiated allegation particularly when the affected students have not been found guilty,” the statement said.