Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students have announced that they will protest the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, by closing the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja, today, Wednesday, September 21.
It can be recalled that on Monday, September 19, travellers were left stuck at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja after the irate students shut the doors to the domestic and international terminals.
In response to the students’ plans to block the Kaduna-Abuja expressway, Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, issued a statement saying that while the state government did not restrict citizens’ freedom of expression, public security and safety must always come first.
The statement read:
“The Kaduna State Government wishes to remind members of the public that any move to block the Kaduna-Abuja Road (or any routes) to express dissatisfaction, is unacceptable and a prelude to the breakdown of law and order.
“The danger of barricading a strategic route like the Kaduna-Abuja Road is better appreciated within the context of ongoing security operations covering the route, and other areas of interest. Citizens are therefore strongly advised against participating in such processions.
“Security personnel have been sent to Abuja airport to preserve peace and order throughout the student protest, according to Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria.”