The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has vehemently condemned the recent statement made by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleging that 70% of Nigerian students are criminals.
“This baseless assertion not only tarnishes the reputation of our hardworking and dedicated student community but also lacks any empirical basis” Comrade Akinteye Afeez Babatunde (Babtee), Senate President-Elect National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) disclosed in a statement issued to newsmen.
According to Akinteye, NANS, representing the voice of Nigerian students nationwide, stands firm in refuting the claims made by the EFCC Chairman. Noting that our students have consistently demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, and community service. To label the majority of them as criminals is not only an injustice but also an irresponsible generalization.
“We believe in the principle of innocent until proven guilty, and sweeping statements that paint an entire demographic with a broad brush are not only damaging but also perpetuate harmful stereotypes. It is essential to address the issue of crime without unfairly stigmatizing an entire group of students who are working diligently towards their educational and personal development”
“Furthermore, we find it necessary to remind the Chairman that the past removal of two EFCC Chairmen was not due to the alleged criminal activities of Nigerian students but rather over issues related to fraud within the organization itself. This highlights the importance of addressing internal concerns rather than unfairly targeting innocent student populations” Babatunde revealed.
Akinteye stressed that NANS is calling upon the EFCC Chairman to provide concrete evidence supporting such a sweeping statement or retract the statement immediately. “We believe in constructive dialogue and collaboration to address any concerns related to criminal activities”
“As the elected representatives of Nigerian students, we are committed to fostering a positive and conducive environment for learning, growth, and development. We call for a more nuanced and evidence-based approach when discussing issues that impact the reputation of our nation’s students.”
“We remind the EFCC Chairman to be mindful of the potential consequences of his words and to respect the dignity of the student population. Failure to do so may inadvertently provoke the anger of Nigerian students across the country” Babatunde warned.