Bandits are killing university students because of the extended ASUU strike, according to the Council of Student Union Presidents (CSUP).
At a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna SUG President Ishaka Yahaya spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents at tertiary institutions.
Mr. Yahaya claims that many students who have turned to employment are abducted and murdered. He urged the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to grant ASUU’s requests.
“It is true when they say when two elephants meet; only the grass suffers. It is quite obvious here that both the federal government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight. The only most unfortunate and innocent victims here, you would agree with us, are the Nigerian students, who have everything to lose,” he noted. “So many students after graduation would not be able to get government jobs due to age limit consideration.”
Additionally, he revealed that the CSUP had written the Federal Ministry of Education with a seven-day deadline to reach a settlement with ASUU.
“We hereby appeal to the federal government to meet the demands of ASUU within the shortest period of time as failure to do so would leave us with no option than to go ahead with our peaceful demonstration,” Mr Yahaya said on behalf of the SUG presidents. “For it is better to die for something than to live for nothing.”
The kidnapping and death of Ogbomosho, a 500-level student at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), were grieved by Danladi Adankala, president of the University of Jos SUG.
Since February, ASUU has been on strike to demand, among other things, that UTAS be adopted instead of IPPIS, that money be provided for the renovation of public universities, and that the 2009 agreement between the government and the union be upheld.