Report that authorities of College of Nursing and Midwifery, Borno State suspended twenty students for not joining others to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari during his visit to the state, has drawn the reaction of the state government.
Reacting, the State Commissioner for Health, Juliana Bitrus, in a query to the Provost of the institution, Rakiya Mustapha, said the action was not the ways of the world and distanced the government from it.
In the letter dated June 25, 2021, the commissioner said though it was customary for students in the state to join in welcoming President during such visits but it was at their discretion and not mandatory.
It reads in part: “Even though it is a normal practice that students join in welcoming visiting Presidents all over Nigeria, such acts are voluntary. More so that students constitute far less than thousands of residents who freely trooped out to welcome the President in all parts of Maiduguri.
“Heads of States and Presidents have been visiting Borno since 1976, and students do join in welcoming them, and no one ever expected 100% compliance in any public mobilisation.
“If any issue involving students was to be raised, how come it was not the Borno State University, which the President commissioned, or schools around projects commissioned by the President?”
Recall that the affected students were suspended for a week for not taking part in welcoming Buhari.