The roadways leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, were blocked by students on Monday as a show of support for the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) workers who are currently on strike.
Security officers barred the South West zone of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) students from entering the airport, therefore they took control of the road and blocked both inbound and outbound traffic.
The NANS National Taskforce Chairman, Olumide Ojo, the Vice President for External Affairs, Akinteye Babatunde, the Public Relations Officer, Giwa Yisa Temitope, the Zone D Coordinator, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji, the Deputy Senate President, Ekundina Elvis, the Chairman of the Ondo JCC, Omotosho Surprise, the Chairman of the Lagos JCC, Olusesi Tolulope Samson, the Chairman of
Many students urged the Nigerian government to give in to the teachers’ demands so that the strike would stop right away and the students could go back to class. But the strike has now been ongoing for seven months.
The protesting kids could be seen singing and dancing while clogging up the busy road.
According to reports, police officers who were armed had previously threatened the students in an apparent effort to end the protest.
The NANS Zone D coordinator, Adegboye, told SaharaReporters that “we have already taken over the road despite the rain. They mobilized many security officers to tame us, but nothing shall shake us until our students return to class.”
For the same protest, the students had last week blocked the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.