Due to the ongoing ASUU strike, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has announced its plan to boycott the upcoming general elections.
The students union in a statement signed by its President, Comrade Danielson Akpan on Tuesday February 5, 2019, said the lingering ASUU strike is a deliberate ploy to disenfranchise students who registered for the elections within their school environments.
The statement further says the union took the decision following the prolonged disagreement between the federal government, ASUU and ASUP.
The statement reads: “The leadership of NANS after a careful observation of the continued insensitive shut down of our universities due to the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU and Academic staff union of polytechnics wish to unapologetically declare ‘Operation No Resumption, No Election’
“It appears that the gains recorded in the last few weeks has been eroded by the consistent shut down of our schools and barely 12days to the commencement of the general elections. it is instructive to note that the students’ constituency constitutes the largest votes segment, registered voters with 22.3m as released by INEC.
“These continuous strike actions by both ASUU and ASUP has not only brought increased pain on students and parents it is now seen by us as a deliberate ploy to disenfranchise our members, especially those who are registered within their school environments.
“Consequently Nigerian students have decided to take their destinies in their hands, enough of politics being played with our future. We wish to inform the general public that Nigerian students would resist any election conducted in any part of the country should pour campuses be shut till election date.
“We are conscious layers of the nation and on no account shall we allow this disenfranchisement of the largest voting population of our members in a major election to pass due to no fault of the students. We have 22.3m registered students, eligible to change re destiny of the nation. We refused to be sacrificed in exercising this obligatory demand to our nation at this crucial moment. Our voices must be heard and our votes must count.
”To this end, the NANS leadership wish to declare ‘Operation No Resumption, No Election.”
ASUU declared an indefinite nationwide strike on Sunday, November 4, 2018.