Information Minister and Supervising Minister of Defence, Mr Labaran Maku has paid tribute to the late Comrade Segun Okeowo.Maku said “The Death of Comrade Segun Okeowo is a huge loss to the struggle for good governance and social justice in Nigeria. Comrade Okeowo was perhaps the foremost post independence student leader who made the most visible sacrifice to make university education accessible to the poor in Nigeria.
“ The Ali Must Go protests of 1978 against the imposition of tuition fees was surpassed in national spread and intensity only by the 1986 Ango Abdullahi Must Go protests against the killing of defenseless students at ABU Zaria by the police led by Nuhu Aliyu.
He recalled that “Comrade Segun Okeowo was expelled and stigmatized by our military rulers for decades because of his commitment to social justice. He visited Radio House about two years ago when we met at a function at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja along with Nwafor Orizu Jnr who was Okeowo’s predecessor as NUNS President. Throughout our conversation. He remained unchanged in his views and commitment to making Nigeria work for every citizen, not just the rich and the privileged.
“We promised to bring together all former students’ leaders to share views on national issues. It is sad this could not happen before his sudden passage.
According to the minister “We must now do this urgently in memory of this gallant warrior for social justice in Nigeria. His memory will remain evergreen in the history of Nigeria’s Students’ Movement and the struggle for good governance social justice in our country.
“May his noble soul rest in perfect peace, Amen!”