The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has pledged to stop flights at international airports throughout the country in protest against the federal government’s seven-month impasse with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Ojo Raymond Olumide, Chairman of the NANS National Task Force on ‘End ASUU Strike Now,’ who spoke in Akure, condemned the federal government’s stance towards the striking lecturers as well as education in general.
“The four-day shutdown of important roads and expressways had been a success,” Olumide explained, “thus the desire to interrupt foreign travel in order for the bourgeois and the government to feel the miseries that students had been subjected to for the last seven months.”
According to him, the students had grown tired of begging with both parties to end the strike.
Olumide stated that the airports that would be occupied will stay closed until the strike is called off, and that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari must pay all outstanding arrears and wages to the professors.
“Next week, we will launch another wave of protests by invading the airspaces to #OccupyTheAirports.” We want the world to know about the sorrow and grief these students are experiencing.
“Nigerian students whose parents founded the Commonwealth cannot continue to struggle at home with our lecturers while the few who profit from our labour and blood have their children overseas frolicking and flexing.”
“We call on students to rise and join us as we take control of our destiny.” Our demands are always clear and concise. We request that the ASUU leadership convene as soon as possible to discuss Solidarity acts and plan for the next stage of the fight.
“Nigerian students are not subject to security agencies, and we have not seen any action taken by them to end the ASUU strike.” He stated that they could not inform them that they were unaware of what was going on.
“I’d been on the road for four days and had learned a lot of brotherhood Grounding the airport is for us to gain solidarity, and we will continue to ground local and international airports. They are aware of the impact of our actions, and all we want is that they reopen our campuses.
“They should provide adequate fiscal allocation; we are not requesting 26%, but perhaps 22%.”
“We vote no confidence in both the Labour and Education Ministers.” We urge the Buhari administration to pay all outstanding arrears and wages to lecturers.
“The “No Work, No Pay” policy is Fascist; it is hence condemnable and unacceptable to all of Nigeria’s millions of students.”
“We will not beg again, we promise.” We will organise all students to shut down the country. N o education! N o movement!
Olumide, who slammed the Minister of Works, Babatunde Raji Fashola, for allegedly commenting on the students’ roadblock of federal highways, said that the strike had lasted owing to the lack of political class children at public universities.
“Because of Nigerians, the Federal and state governments were and remain uneasy with our protests.”
“Instead of reacting to us appropriately and so on, we were astounded when the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, made an unlawful speech suiting only rabble-rousers and political irritants by declaring fundamental Human Rights “illegal!”
“What Minister Fashola has done is incredible.” After all, the camera he discovered at LekkiTollGate following the massacre remains a mystery.”
“Yet, the Minister’s outburst is yet another indication that the Buhari administration despises genuine educational growth.”
“They never apologise and are hell-bent on dismantling every last vestige of state welfare.” They would rather murder public schools than renovate them.”
“Nigerian pupils are not shocked that the Buhari administration is unconcerned with public education.”
“After all, all the politicians’ children are educated overseas, whereas the children of the masses, who make up 99% of the population, are only suitable to be bullies, hard labourers, and sex slaves.”
“We dare to state that this savagery will not continue,” Olumide continued. And, on that basis, we call on ASUU’s national leadership to join forces with Nigerian students to finish the fight we started by declaring a state of emergency in the educational sector.”