The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to vote against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 general election if he refuses to meet up with the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU).
NANS spokesman, Azeez Adeyemi, stated this on Monday after a peaceful protest held in Abeokuta, Ogun state over alleged non-compliance by the federal government to meet the demands of ASUU.
Adeyemi, who spoke with newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ogun State Secretariat in Abeokuta, maintained that the students’ body would continue to protest until the federal government implements the demands of the striking union.
“Mr. President, NANS is giving you this for free that, come 2019, we are going to show you the road, through our votes, to Daura if after today’s nationwide protest, you still did not respect the voice of over 50 million Nigerian students.
“We hereby call on the federal government to implement the demands of ASUU and COEASU, because, we have resolved not to go back on this struggle,” he said.
Adeyemi, however, expressed concern over the state of tertiary institutions across the country, accusing the Buhari-led government of budgeting low funds for the education sector.
“Our Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education laboratories are no more updated, no research apparatus; our lecture rooms are dilapidated.
“Education that our mates got for free, food that you got from our cafeteria for free during study is what you want to sell for us, we will resist it.
“Quality education and not just education is our property, we won’t buy it, and you cannot sell it to us”, he said.