Students disrupt House of Reps session

Factional President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Chinonso Obasi (M), displaying his Invitation Letter, after he was dragged out of the House of Representatives Chamber’s, during the Second Anniversary of the 8th National Assembly in Abuja on Friday (9/6/17). 03125/9/6/2017/Hogan-Bassey/ICE/NAN

A drama erupted in the House of Representatives on Friday as members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, protested the recognition of a factional president of the union by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

The students, who are believed to be loyal to Chinonso Obasi, a factional NANS president, gained entrance into the lawmaking chamber as members marked the second anniversary of the current House session.

The students yelled “No, no, no” when the speaker addressed Haruna Kadiri as the president of the students association.

They chanted “no, no, no, Obasi is the president of NANS, Kadiri is not our president’’.

The plenary stood still while the sergeants-at-arms and other security agents tried to put the situation under control.

Speaking to journalists after he left the chamber, Mr. Obasi said he was invited to attend the ceremony and wondered why he would be invited alongside Mr. Kadiri.

“Today, I am here on invitation, not on my own, to attend this celebration and I am being embarrassed with another fellow impersonating me,’’ Mr. Obasi said.

The student body has been factionalized for years due to power tussle.

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Nasir Ayitogo is a National Assembly correspondent who covers the House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Theatre and Media Arts from Nasarawa State University, Keffi where he also obtained an M.sc Public Relations and Advertising from the Department of Mass Communications.

He can be reached on Twitter @nastogo and Facebook: http://facebook.com/nastogo


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