A boycott of the coming 2019 general elections has been threatened by the National Association Of Nigerian Students (NANS) if the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities are not met by the Federal Government.
Speaking of the move by NANS, was its Abuja chapter chairman, Mojeed Omolaja at the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria event on Wednesday with the theme: “Free Press and objective reporting in the 2019 election year.”
Omolaja also absolved the NANS Abuja chapter from the faction led by Danielson Bamidele Akpan a one-time student at Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
Some weeks ago, the Danielson-led faction of NANS had paid a courtesy visit to President Buhari at the Presidential Villa and supported his re-election bid.
He said that NANS in Abuja stood for integrity and those officials who paid Buhari a visit were not fair in their action.
He said, “We in the FCT here are not part of those who went to eulogize the President; we stand for integrity and anything we get right in FCT will be got right in all the states of the federation because we lead and others follow.
“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?”
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