The leadership of the National Association Nigerian Students (NANS), the apex body of Nigerian students have threatened to boycott the forthcoming general elections in the country. This is following the 91days shutdown of Universities and Polytechnics across Nigeria due to the strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.
A letter signed by Comrade Danielson Akpan, the President of NANS, reads in part;
“The leadership of the National Association Nigerian Students (NANS) after a careful observation of the continued insensitive shutdown of our universities due to the strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) wish to unapologetically declare ‘Operation No Resumption, No Election’.”
It further states:
“These continuous strike actions by both ASUU and ASUP has not only brought increased pain on students and their parents. It is now seen by us as a deliberate ploy to disenfranchise our members, especially those who are registered within their school environments and are presently in their various homes.”
“Consequently, Nigerian students have decided to take their destines in their hands, enough of the politics being played with our future. We wish to inform the general public that Nigerian students would resit any election conducted in any part of the country should our campuses remain shut till election date.”
See copy of letter below: