Students at the University of Ilorin conducted a peaceful protest on Tuesday to show their dissatisfaction with the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ ongoing strike, threatening that if the government allows the strike to continue, they will boycott the 2023 general election.
According to news reports, ASUU extended its 12-week rollover strike on Monday to give the Federal Government more time to address its demands.
During the protest, UNILORIN students stated that if the meeting between ASUU and the Federal Government fails, they intend to march to major locations such as the Government House, roads connecting Ilorin Airport, the state House of Assembly, the Federal Secretariat, police headquarters, and the Department of State Services, among others.
However, if nothing fruitful comes out after the Federal Government’s meeting with ASUU this week, we will move en masse continuously with other students of 10 educational institutions in the state to block roads to various places in the state capital to register our displeasure over the lingering strike.
“This is just to send a message to the government that we are tired and they should meet ASUU’s demands.”
The state chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Salman Yisa, called on state governors to intervene, adding that the issue is beyond the Federal Government.