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NANS faults reports linking its protest with Sokoto religious crisis

Education News
Soji Ajibola
The National Association of Nigerian Students has faulted the reports that linked its protest on ASUU strike to the killing of Deborah Samuel of Sheu Shagari College of Education and the religious crisis in Sokoto state
NANS made its position known in a statement on the launch of the University of Street in Akure, Ondo state.
The students body in a statement by its South West coordinator, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji flayed the report of a Lagos based Television station that linked its agitation for opening of Universities nationwide to religious crisis in Sokoto state.
It, thereby, declared the writer of the report Personae non grata.
The statement read, ‘As the South West leadership of Nigerian Students, we are here to once again expose to the world, the barefaced lip service and unconcealed disinterestedness of the Muhammad Buhari Government in rescuing the future of this country from this path of irredeemable destruction. Road Block Akure, Ondo State federal road has been blocked by the leadership of NANS Southwest (Zone D).
It’s over 3 months of dilemma, confusion, plan disruption and disorientation for Nigerian University Students due to the ongoing ASUU strike which was orchestrated by the systemic failure we call education ministry in Nigeria.
This yearly calamity which has assumed a pandemic status is apparently the least of worries for President Buhari and his education ministers.
We must state categorically that #ENDASUUATRIKE protest is or never connected with the Sokoto Religious Blasphemy.
 It’s so disheartening that a TV station practically owned by a Presidential aspirant could connect such inhumane action to the End ASUU Protest going on. NANS Southwest (Zone D) hereby pass a vote of No confidence on the station, as well declare its correspondent Personae non grata.
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has embarked on a nationwide industrial action. Similar reasons for the ongoing ASUU strike was also cited by ASUP as basis for their proposed work stoppage.
ASUP national strike has completely bring the entire national education sector to a standstill.
Consequently, more helpless children of the poor shall be subjected to further aggravation, depravation and infringement of their right to education.
It is popularly believed and rightly so that the apparent lack of sympathy, empathy and political will by the ruling to curtail these issues is because they use public fund to ensure that their children enjoy the best of education across the world.
They forget that if leaders of those countries also neglect their academic sectors, their children will have nowhere to go.
We demand that all the intrinsic issues surrounding ASUU strike be resolved immediately and the looming ASUP strike be prevented at all costs.
Much damage, oppression and injustice have been meted out to Nigerian Students and further affliction should not be dispensed on us through the elongation of the ongoing industrial action.
Finally, we are disappointed in Ayuba Wabba led Nigeria Labour Congress for showing less concern about ASUU and Nigerian Students in this difficult time.
We urge other stakeholders to unite with us even as we continue to demand for our rights.Education is our right.

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