An NGO, Equity & Social Justice Initiative (ESJI) on Tuesday described the refusal to admit law graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) into the Law School as “malicious’’.
Mr Shuaib Umar, the Executive Director of ESJI, in a signed statement in Abuja said refusing the law students’ admission into the Nigerian Law School was an injustice and malicious.
Umar said that the NGO vehemently frowned that the injustice as darkness was allowed to triumph over light for half a decade by deterring brilliant Nigerian youths that studied in an accredited federal institution from completing their vocational training as required.
He said that the NGO painstakingly conducted independent investigations after the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) issued a three-month ultimatum.
He said it was discovered that NOUN law students were always invited to all NBA conferences and other conventions for all faculties of law in Nigerian universities.
The NGO said that the students emerged as star-prize winners in a national moot-court competition for all Nigerian universities, and consequently represented the country in an Indian international competition in 2012.
“Since then, the school was ostracised; schemed out of other competitions and bitterness, vendetta and pull-down syndrome heightened the refusal to admit to its law graduates into the Law School.
“This refusal was carried out by the Council of Legal Education after disclaimer advertorials, despite accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC),’’ he said in the statement.
The statement reads in part, “Without mincing words, it is terribly disgraceful that innocent Nigerian youths were subjected to such stretched hardship and ridicules.
“This is for doing nothing wrong but incarcerated for their hard work and brilliance, thus a vendetta against virtues.
“Indeed, the gang up and draconian attitudes leave much to be desired and not less than enthroning mediocrity at the expense of meritocracy.
“It is therefore a shame on the nation that brilliance is ridiculed instead of celebrated, and innocent students held to ransom on account of inability of their counterparts to compete with them.’’
The NGO therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good office to address the protracted injustice immediately.
Umar said that hard work must continue to be encouraged in all spheres of life including education and success rewarded in line with conventional norms.
He added that competition and sportsmanship were positive virtues that exist in all vocations and societies. NANS issued a three-month ultimatum terminating in August 2018.
The ultimatum was issued to relevant authorities to facilitate admission to all NOUN graduates into the law school like their counterparts from other accredited universities without further delay.