The National Association of Nigerian Students has urged members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic to call off their strike.
“NANS is passionately appealing to ASUU and ASUP, in the spirit of love and reconciliation that Christmas brings, to call off their strike,” NANS’ Public Relations Officer, Bestman Okereafor, said.
Okereafor made the appeal in a statement on Monday in Enugu.
He noted that NANS had begun to reason and suspect that the ongoing ASUU/ASUP strike was politically motivated.
He said: “If not, why embarking on strike when the general election is fast approaching?
“We challenge ASUU/ASUP to prove our suspicion wrong by shifting grounds in the best interest of Nigerian students.
“We call on Federal Government to put the enemies of this government to shame by doing the needful in meeting the demands of the striking unions.”
According to Okereafor, the leadership of NANS feels that the agony and unhappiness being faced by Nigerian students is as a result of the ongoing ASUU/ ASUP strike.
He said: “NANS at this point has exhausted its appeal and consultation approaches to reach ASUU/ASUP leadership, we are left with no other option rather than the 3rd C, which is the confrontational approach.”
The association, therefore, called on ASUU/ASUP and the Federal Government to resolve the lingering issues before January 1, 2019.
Okereafor, however, noted that NAN’s attention had been drawn to a release issued by a group, TRAYSCO, to mobilise, support and vote Adekunle Akinlade as Ogun State Governor.
According to NAN’s image make, the association was also aware of the decision of TAYSCO to do same for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari as president come 2019.
Okereafor said that NANS aligned with TRAYSCO Director-General, Olusegun Clement, in saying “no to those trying to truncate the great achievements of our dear Mr President.”
According to Okereafo, Buhari has given Nigerians “the best of developmental governance.
“President Buhari has also showcased selflessness in tackling insecurity and corruption.”