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ASUU strike: We will disrupt PDP, APC primaries, other activities – NANS

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The leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has once again sent a message to stakeholders in the education sector and other politicians to either call off the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

In a statement issued on Sunday, May 1, 2022 and signed by the NANS president Sunday Esefon, NANS said it has exhausted its patience having explored different avenues in order to ensure the lingering strike was called off.

It said politicians should forget political activities in Abuja or any other state as it will step our to frustrated such activities if ASUU strike is not called off.

Asefon said: “I am compelled to write this morning being the beginning of a new month to address the unending ASUU Strike.

“We have given mediators time to prevail on the Federal Government to resolve issues with ASUU and ensure our students resume to their different campuses but it seems all mediation failed or failing as the case maybe.

“We have also in the past weeks seeing those saddled with great responsibility in the education sector and those saddled with responsibilities of resolving labour crises declaring interest to contest for the seat of the President come 2023. We are surprised by their effrontery and total disrespect to the Nigeria people for having the courage to even mute the idea of contesting let alone, picking up the 100 million naira presidential form while students languish at home because of their collective failures. Politicians have shown no concern to the plight of the students but are only busy in their selfish and inordinate ambitions to become the next President.

“Let me say without mincing words, the two major political parties should forget any political gathering in Abuja or elsewhere, except there is a solution to the lingering ASUU strike. We will frustrate all the activities leading to selection of party candidates if we remain on strike. We also want to advise the government and the politicians who are busy campaigning to be President to either resolve the ASUU crisis or give direct orders to the security operative to shoot us at sight during party conventions to select presidential candidate. If we remain on strike, they should just forget it.

“Because they know our plans and how fearless we are while pursuing the interest of the students, we are aware they have bought some acclaimed students leaders with no conscience and no honour to divide us. Our advice is very simple, no matter how much any acclaimed student leaders are paid by their paymaster, they should return it immediately because the wrath of the students wont spare them even if they enter the dungeon to sow the seed of disunity to fulfil the task given them by their paymasters, we will fish them out of their coven and make them pay for their betrayal and atrocities against the collective interest of the students we all swore to protect.

“If the politician holding the trust of the country are only concerned about the next election, we are more concerned about the next generation and if there is no next generation, election will soon go into extinction. In short, End ASUU Strike now or forget about party primaries.”

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