The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened that it will boycott the 2019 general elections if the Federal Government fails to meet the demands of Aacademic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and ensure the resumption of Academic Activities.
The NANS chairman, Abuja Chapter, Mojeed Omolaja, stated this on Wednesday at a one-day conference organised by Online Publishers Association of Nigeria with the theme: “Free Press and objective reporting in the 2019 election year.”
He also distanced the FCT chapter of NANS from the faction led by one Akpan Daniels Bamidele who visited President Muhammadu Buhari and endorsed his re-election.
He said that the NANS officials who paid courtesy call to the President were not fair, adding that the FCT chapter of NANS stood for integrity.
“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.”
“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?”