By Nuel Suji – Nigerian students in United States under the federal government’s Amnesty Programme have dissociated themselves from the planned protest against the Muhammadu Buhari led-government in US, maintaining that its allowances and tuition fees have been paid up to date.
The students group, in a statement by its leader in Alabama State University, Jimmy Iwezu, said there is a plot by those it called faceless fraudsters in the US aimed to embarrass the government of Nigeria.
“We wish to disassociate students from any attempt to tarnish the image of Nigeria in the US through outright lies, falsehood and blackmail being peddled in the social media by a faceless group that has called on people to join them on Saturday, 4th November, 2017 for a public demonstration against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House in Washington DC, USA,” it said in a statement.
“We wish to put it on record that our allowances and tuition fees have been paid up to the month of September 2017 and the Office has promised to pay up to November, 2017 when the next payment is made in October, 2017,” it added.
The students expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment and dedication to sustainable peace and development in the Niger Delta through his support and continuation of the Presidential Amnesty programme.
“We also wish to commend the able leadership of Gen. PT. Boroh for the positive changes that he has brought to bear on the programme through prompt payment of our fees and allowances,” it further stated.
Adding that, “while it has not been all rosy, we note that despite the economic recession that Nigeria went through, it was still able to sponsor our education abroad and we are very grateful.
“We want to use this opportunity to appeal to all detractors and sponsored saboteurs to cease from their evil activities of blackmail and distraction from the good job that OSAPND and Gen. PT Boroh have done since 2015. We also appeal to the Federal Government of Nigeria for sustainability of the program which has achieved its mandate to ensure peace and stability in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.”