The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has promised to do justice to the lingering standoff between the National Open University (NOUN) and the Council of Legal Education (CLE).
Malami made the pledge during a courtesy call on him by NOUNâ€™s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, in Abuja.
A key point in their discussion was the contentious issue of CLE ban on NOUN law graduates from attending the Nigeria Law School.
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) recently issued a three-month ultimatum to the federal government to admit Law graduates of NOUN into the Nigerian Law School. â€Ž
The students gave the ultimatum in a statement signed by â€ŽTaiwo Bamigbade, NANS Senate President and Abdulakeem Rufaiâ€Ž, Clerk of the association, on Thursday in Abuja.â€Žâ€Ž
â€Žâ€ŽThey said NANS had patiently watched how after five years of graduation, the NOUN law graduates had been denied admission into the Nigerian Law School as provided in the NOUN students handbook, which is a legally binding contract.â€Ž
The students said that NANS had through a communiquÃ© addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari called on him to use his good offices to ensure the matter was resolved.
â€Žâ€œWe make bold to remind you, Sir, that the university was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria, accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
â€Žâ€œOf course, NANS as a body is not concerned about the continuation of law programme in NOUN if opposed by the professional bodies.
â€œBut strongly disagree those innocent Nigerian students, who suffered themselves with their hard earned money to undertake an accredited course of study in NOUN as promoted by the Federal Government, will in any way be jeopardised. We say NO, NO and NO.â€Ž
â€œWe state categorically that any injury to one Nigerian student is an injury to all Nigerian students and youths in general.
â€œIn the light of this, NANS as a body will no matter the price fight against this prolonged injustice, intimidation and mischief.
â€œIf after the forthcoming August 2018 admission, the innocent NOUN law graduates are still excluded from the lists of intakes into the Nigerian Law School, â€Žthus three months ultimatum to do the needful.â€Žâ€Ž
â€Žâ€œWe, therefore, implore you Sir, to use your good offices as a matter of urgency to resolve the lingering crisis as NANS will no longer tolerate any excuses or tactical delays,â€ he said.â€Ž(NAN)