NAKSS President-Elect, Comr. Atunlushe gives Victory Speech

The Newly Elected President of National Association Of Kwara State Students, National Headquarters, Comr. Mufatau Mubarak Atunlushe has Released a Speech for his Victory at the NAKSS convention which was held on Wednesday at Banquet Hall, Ilorin.

The Speech Reads ;

“This is the time to deliver, let’s get it done!”

Firstly, all praises and adorations are due to Almighty Allah, the Lord of the universe.

Fellow ‘NAKSSites’, I must say it is a great privilege and honour to be elected President of our great Association, and I am deeply conscious of that at this time. It has been a remarkable victory for me, but I am in no doubt at all as to what it means.

It is a mandate to positively change the system, and also very clearly an instruction to deliver. I have learnt many things over the past as a student leader. I have learnt from the mistakes as well as the good things.

But above all else, I have learnt of the importance of establishing the clear priorities, of setting them out clearly for the STUDENTS and then focusing on them relentlessly whatever events may come and go.

Well, I must also accept, I was surprised early this morning, when I saw — in the faces of my fellow students — the joy, hope, renewed faith, when I was declared President, and I’m humbled by the trust and confidence you placed in me. I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide but unify, who doesn’t see the North, South or Central, but NAKSS!

I’ll work with all my heart to win the confidence of all of you. It’s about students. And that’s what my administration will be all about. I sought this office to restore the soul of NAKSS, to rebuild the backbone of this association. And to make NAKSS respected again.

And we’re reminded today of those who fought so hard and sacrificed greatly for our dear union, the stakeholders. I promise, we will work on the path with which you all laid.

To the outgoing Administration led by Comrade Adisa-Jaji Azeez and the Electoral Committee ably chaired by Mr. Sa’ad. O. Baki: You deserve a special thanks from the entire Kwara State Student. Thank you for a wonderful job. That you didn’t bend despite severe pressures, you deserve big kudos!

And to my campaign team, all the volunteers, those who supported us, those who stood by us, and all who gave so much of themselves to make this moment possible — through the good days and the bad. I’m proud of the campaign we built. I’m proud of the very diverse coalition — irrespective of zone, religion and tribe — that we put together, I owe you everything, and let me tell that this is just the beginning. Electioneering is just the first step, and it has been concluded. Now let’s get down to business!

Dearest senators, proudly, I’m a student of the University of Ilorin, and I am also from Offa, but I will govern as a President to all Kwara Students schooling in Institutions across the country. As those who voted for me, I’ll work well for those who didn’t. Let this grim era of sectionalizing in our association begin to end here and now.

That we differ in our choice of candidature isn’t some mysterious force beyond our control. It’s a decision, a choice we made. And if we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. And, let me include I believe that this is part of the mandate given to us as heads of our various institutions. They want us to cooperate in their interest. And that’s the choice I’ll make. And I’ll call on everyone alike, to make that choice with me.

To all the men who took this journey with me as fellow candidates for the office of the President, even though, obviously, we were opponents, but you all showed extraordinary resilience and sportsmanship after the poll. This is not the end, let us all submit our manifestos, sit critically on them and come up with a solid blueprint and master plan. We definitely can have five administrations in one.

His Excellency, The Executive Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, I, on behalf of others, appreciate your technical support towards the success of the election and likewise express the willingness of my administration to work with you in bringing more development to the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security matters, Alhaji Muhideen Aliyu; the men of the Department of State Security Service (DSS); the officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF); the officials of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC); and other independent observers, the media as well. Your display of professionalism throughout the electioneering process helped us achieve a free, fair and credible poll. Your presence from the beginning to the very last minute — when the election was concluded, results counted and winners declared — helped us greatly. On behalf of my colleagues, we salute you greatly, sirs and ma’ams.

Also, I would like to congratulate all my colleagues from whatever region and zone who have been elected. Big congratulations to you all. Let me admonish that we all are answerable to the entire Kwara student community. They are our boss, and we are going there to serve them. Under no circumstance should we sacrifice their interest. This is the place to commit. And yes there are still many obstacles. But it is up to us to overcome them. And it is do-able!

I must appreciate the state government for providing us with the Banquet Hall as the election venue.

Finally, I call on all NAKSSites to join hands with us in moving NAKSS NHQs to an enviable height. With your support, prayers and constructive criticism, we can achieve the NAKSS of our dream.

In short: This is the time to deliver, let’s get it done through path of divine purpose!

God bless NAKSS!
God bless Kwara State!
God Bless Nigeria!
God bless us all!

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