The African Action Congress has condemned the killing of a student of the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, and what it describes as the use of brute force on students protesting hike in school fees.
A statement by the AAC National Publicity Secretary, Femi Adeyeye, on Monday said it was another sad day for Nigeria’s supposed democracy as at least one student was confirmed killed by armed security agents.
The statement reads, “We condemn the use of brute force on protesters, call for the immediate arrest of the erring officers and the total reversal of the hike in school fees that has made life unbearable for the students.
“The astronomical hike is not different from what is currently obtainable at the Kaduna State University (increase from 27,000 to 100,000) where students and their parents have just been recently asked to sign off their rights to protest. This is nothing but barbaric.
“One death too many. And we at the AAC are forced to ask the El Rufai and Buhari governments if Nigerians are regarded as humans at all?
“From the rise in food prices, rent, transportation cost, electricity tariff, fuel price, VAT/arbitrary taxes to the unreasonable rise in school fees, the welfare of Nigerians which is supposed to be the primary objective of government has been abandoned. The standard of living has dramatically dropped.
“However, the things that have not suffered any downfall under this regime are the humongous salaries, allowances, and “security votes” appropriated to government officials.
“To then add to this suffering is the murderous act of the regime towards a people protesting their suffering.
“We call on the Governor Nasir El Rufai to halt all increments, anti-students’ and anti-workers’ polices. The Governor must also disembark on this journey of force and bring to book the erring officers who killed the college students.
“In the face of irrefutable evidence and facts, we maintain un-apologetically that this regime has lost legitimacy and must be sent packing by the generality of our people.
“The African Action Congress, positioned as a vanguard of struggle, call on Nigerian students all over to organise themselves as a force of resistance against the numerous attacks on their rights to freely assemble, associate, express themselves and to be educated in environments that are safe and conducive for learning.
“Also, the need has risen now more than before, for students to organise outside the wretched leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) as it is presently constituted. Students’ freedom cannot be tied to the hustling aprons of hustlers.”