A faction of National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS) has said that university students would boycott the 2019 general elections if the Federal Government do not meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ,(ASUU)
The leader of the Abuja chapter of NANS, Mojeed Omolaja, made this known in Abuja on Wednesday at a one-day conference organised by Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) with the theme: “Free Press and objective reporting in the 2019 election year.”
He also distanced the FCT chapter of NANS from the faction of NANS led by one Akpan Daniels Bamidele who was said to be a student of Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
The Bamidele-led faction of NANS had visited President Muhammadu Buhari and endorsed the re-election bid of the President .
Omolaja reiterated that the NANS leaders who paid courtesy call to the President were not fair nor acting in in the interest of the students at large adding that the FCT chapter of NANS stood for integrity.
The student leader wonder why the government is keeping the students at home by refusing to meet the demands of ASUU .He further added that the government’s motive for that, “was to use the students for thuggery , ballot snatching and rigging”.
“The Nigerian students will not vote in the forthcoming election if academic activities do not resume in the universities.
“In this forthcoming elections, we the FCT chapter of NANS that controls other chairmen in other states have deemed it fit not to participate in the election until when ASUU calls off the strike, because they can’t be playing with our future.
“Their children are going to school abroad and we are here and they still want their children to come and rule over us with their lackadaisical attitude towards our education.
“It is quite unfortunate that at this point in time students are at home doing nothing.
“The major reason we are at home is that ASUU is on strike and we expect the Federal Government to meet their demands because this incessant issue is a catastrophic setback to the students.
“Imagine somebody spending seven to eight years to finish a four-year programme. It is not done abroad. Is it because our parents don’t have the financial muscle to send us abroad?”
Responding , Hon .Abike Dabiri Erewa the special adviser to President Buhari on diaspora , assured the students that the President is doing all he can to ensure that students resume before the elections .She further charged the students to be more proactive by participating in the 2019 general elections as voters .