The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Tuesday reaffirmed that there would be no going back on the mass action declared by the association to ensure that the nation’s economy is grounded and that no political activities including primaries by political parties take place in Abuja or any part of the country until the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is called off.
Public Relations Officer of NANS, Comrade Victor Ezenagu, in an interview with Nigerian Tribune in Abuja on Tuesday, gave an update on the national action declared by the leadership of the association on Monday, saying protests have commenced already on Tuesday in some states of the federation.
The Ogun and Oyo axis of the NANS have also warned that they would be joining the protest on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, to block the Lagos-Ibadan highway to demand an end to the strike actions.
Ezenagu vowed that every day all federal roads would be blocked for more than three hours, airports shut down and the economy of the country is grounded until the campuses were reopened for students to resume their classes.
He said it was insensitive for ASUU to go on a warning strike for more than three months and nothing is done by the Federal Government to resolve it, saying instead that what is happening is that politicians are frolicking about “doing politics when the students are in anguish at home.”
“We have resolved that we have to take our destinies into our hands. The leadership of NANS has resolved that there will be no political activities, especially party primaries in Abuja and other parts of the country. The mass action is in all the 36 states of the Federation and FCT.
“You cannot be a hunting game when your house is on fire. What is government? Government is about responding to the needs of the people and their welfare. ASUU cannot be on strike for three months and nothing is being done by the government to end it.
“The mass protest actually started today (Tuesday) in almost eleven states. It started at the University of Lagos and others are joining. We will block all federal roads, shut down airports and indeed the economy of Nigeria until the universities are reopened for students to resume classes,” the NANS spokesperson said.