From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has vowed to shut down the country in protest and disrupt political campaigns, if the Federal Government fails to accede to the demands of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) within two weeks.

The students gave the ultimatum at a press conference addressed by the Chairman of NANS National Taskforce on #EndASUUStrikeNow, Ojo Raymond, in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

The students had in separate protests grounded activities on the major highways in the country in the past one week, including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, on Monday in protests against the ASUU strike.

The fresh threat is coming even as political parties are preparing for the commencement of election campaigns next week, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

NANS reiterated that students would unleash their anger and frustration” on the Federal government until public universities are reopened.

“The leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) will continue to ground all the nation public assets from roads to airports, including Nigeria Ports Authority if the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Labour fail to resolve with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in no distant time.

“Our blocking of access to public roads and ports is just a warning. If the government fails to conclude all the negotiation and agreement with ASUU within the frame of two weeks, they will witness more protests and rallies all over the country.

“They will also witness the annoyance, anger and frustration of Nigerian students who have been at home for the past seven months. As we promise them that we will not allow any political campaign to hold across the country until we are back to class.

“This government has pushed so many students into depression. We say enough is enough; we can no longer bear the brunt from this avoidable crisis in our nation’s public ivory towers again,” Ojo said.

He called on Nigerians to join them in their struggle for the rescue of tertiary education from collapse.

Read also: ASUU Stike: Why we shelve planned protest in Kaduna – NANS

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