Students of the nation’s higher institutions have vowed to disrupt the 2019 general elections if the on-going strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) do not end by the commencement of the elections on February 16.
The leadership of students body, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) said the industrial actions by both unions have not only hindered the students’s academic pursuits, but it has also disenfranchised about 22.3million students who had registered at the INEC offices nearest to their institutions.
Comrade Danielson Bamidele Akpan, National President of NANS, in a media chat said the students have decided to take actions over their plight.
“Consequently, Nigerian students have decided to take their destinies in their hands, enough of the politics being played with our future.
“We wish to inform the general public that Nigerian students would resist any election from holding in any part of the country should our campuses remain shut till election date. He said the students are citizens of Nigeria “and on no account shall we allow this sinister disenfranchisement of the largest voting population of our citizens in a major election to pass due to no fault of theirs.
“We have 22.3 million registered students, eligible to change the destiny of the nation. We refused to be sacrificed in exercising this obligatory duty to our nation at this crucial moment. Our voices must be heard and our votes must count.” Akpan said:
He said the students are now embarking on operation ‘no resumption, no election.’
He lamented that while NANS was able to intervene in last year strike by the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) for its quick resolution, all its efforts to end the ASUU and ASUP strikes have been abortive.
“In solidarity, Nigerian students embarked on simultaneous nationwide protest across the 36 states of the federation with a mother rally at Abuja on November 19th, 2018. The rally was tagged: Save Education Rally across the federation, to create awareness on the state of education in the country, after which we presented a position paper of our demands to the Federal Government, the Press and general public.
“Sadly, it appears that the gains recorded in the last few weeks had been eroded by the continued shut down of our schools and barely 12 days to commencement of the general elections. It is also instructive to note that the students’ constituency constitutes the largest segment of registered voters with 22.3 million as released by INEC. fffffff