The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has begged former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and other presidential aspirants to raise money to meet the demands of the striking university lecturers.
The students’ body appealed in a statement signed by the Chairman of Ogun State Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Comrade Damilola Simeon, and made available to our correspondent on Wednesday.
The students, who have embarked on a nationwide protest, said the appeal followed the “failure of the Federal Government to accede to the demands of the striking lecturers.”
The NANS leader, according to the statement, urged the presidential aspirants to come to the rescue of Nigerian students through generous donations so that public universities could be reopened.
“If truly the aspirants mean well for Nigerians as they are claiming and if they have the love of Nigerian students at heart, they should raise the fund to meet the demands of ASUU since the Federal Government has failed woefully in its commitment to improving the education sector.
“Today in Nigeria, both university and polytechnic education is paralyzed due to the ongoing strike actions by both members of ASUU and ASUP. It is very unfortunate and unacceptable.
“It is only by doing this that Nigerian students and Nigerians, in general, will respect and show support for their ambitions,” the statement read partly.