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Nigerian Students, NANS Announce Fresh Round Of Protests Over University Lecturers’ Eight-Month Strike

October 4, 2022

The student body said they would be hitting the streets again in the coming days.


The National Association of Nigerian Students, South-West Zone, has said that it is prepared to hold the funeral for public education in Nigeria since President Mohammed Buhari is accused of burying it.

This was released in a statement on Monday that was jointly signed by the NANS Coordinator and Spokesperson, Adegboye Olatunji and Awoyinfa Opeoluwa.

The student body said they would be hitting the streets again in the coming days.

The group said: “It behooves us to call the attention of the general public and the international community on the brazen insult meted on the Nigerian students by the irresponsible administration of Buhari
"We want Nigerian students to be ready for a grand mass action on the ASUU strike. We are clear that this government is anti-public education and this is against the yearnings of millions of students and youths.

“In coming days, we shall be occupying the streets across the South-West region to conduct a final burial rite of public education in the country as this is what the Buhari’s administration represents.”

Weeks ago, several flights were rescheduled following the protest by students at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos State.

NANS had threatened to shut down the airport over the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

As early as 7am, the students had blocked the international airport causing gridlock on both ends of the airport.

The students later moved to the domestic airport, causing a standstill situation along the airport road and Mobolaji Bank Anthony road leading to the local airport.

Both the domestic terminal, one also known as the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) and the terminal two, operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Service Limited (BASL) of the Airport and the MMIA were shut down by the students preventing passengers from accessing the airport.

At the GAT, the protesting students were joined briefly by a former Students Union Government President of the University of Lagos and Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore.

He joined in solidarity with the students and decried the inability of the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve the lingering strike.

It was learnt that some local and international flights were rescheduled because of the protests.