Tertiary students march against polls postponement
STUDENTS from all tertiary institutions in Lagos State on Tuesday went on a protest march to the Governor’s Office, Alausa, Ikeja, against the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The protesters comprised students from Lagos State University (LASU), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Adeniran Ogonsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Lagos State School of Health Technology, and Federal College of Fishers and Marine Technology.
Olayinka Jubril, a 400 Level student of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management at the Lagos State University, who is currently the Acting Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Lagos Axis, led the students.
The students stormed the governor’s office to submit a protest letter for onward transmission to President Goodluck Jonathan.
The protest letter, which was made available to newsmen, reads in part: “We decry the unjust shift in election date. We describe it as baseless, needless, rapacious and a plate of pranks on the intelligence of well meaning Nigerians. It is also a frightening scenario that constitutes clear and present danger.
“It is failure and a huge embarrassment on INEC, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nigerian Armed Forces, the Nigerian Police and Federal Government at large. We regard it as an attempted attempt to re-strategise the rigging plans of the federal government.”
Addressing pressmen, Jubril said: “NANS/JCC Lagos is the ideological platform and the only intellectual base of NANS in Nigeria; it is a body comprising the largest concentration of students in the entire sub Sahara Africa.”
Speaking further, he said the students have resolved to the following: “to do everything to defend our votes and resist further postponement with the last drop of our bloods. Prof. Jega should write a separate letter to Nigerians apologizing for his failure to resign after he promised to resign rather than postpone election,” he said.