The National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS), at the weekend, urged the Federal Government to keep schools open during the 2015 general election so as to allow students exercise their franchise.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja on the state of the nation, the NANS president, Mr Tijani Shehu stated that keeping schools open, would give Nigerian students the opportunity to collect their PVCs and also to vote in their respective schools.

Shehu stress that Nigerian students had the liberty to choose their leaders, adding that they should not be deprived of the right.

Shehu, who supported the adjustment of the electoral timetable, described it as a step in the right direction, saying, “it allows the security agencies, especially the multinational military force, the opportunity to make Nigeria safer while also giving INEC the time and space to prepare better for the elections.

“We have higher numbers of people that belong to the same political ideology, by this we urge the government to ensure that our schools are not shut down to ensure that students are not disenfranchised because we believe that Nigerian students have the mandate to choose their leaders.

“We urge INEC to do all it can to ensure that all the issues ranging from the distribution of PVCs to provision of all necessary logistics are resolved,” he said.

Nigerians must have confidence in INEC and the electoral process. We also particularly want to urge our students to seize this opportunity to access their PVCs.”
The Ministry of Education has earlier directed that all schools should remain open during this electioneering period. He promised that adequate security measures would be put in place to safeguard the lives of students and teachers.

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