The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the federal government not to close down the higher institutions in the country, in order to ensure students participate fully in the rescheduled general elections.
The student's body made the appeal at a press conference Friday in Abuja while speaking on the state of the nation, saying it would allow students to vote where they registered.
According to the NANS president, Comrade Tijani Usman Sheu, the association had watched the political development in the country with keen interest, stressing that it therefore threw its weight behind the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to shift the polls in order to ensure the conduct of an acceptable polls.
Sheu noted: "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,"
He added that the reasons given for adjusting the electoral time table were genuine, as it would allow massive military operations in the North east and ensure effective distribution of the Permanent Voters' Card (PVC), which had hitherto raised dust in some parts of the country where the distribution have been poor.
The president stated further that Nigerians must support the military in its quest to rid the country of terrorism, stressing that this was not the time for undue criticism and unnecessary politicking.
"On our part as NANS, we wish to give the Nigerian military our unalloyed solidarity and support. We also pray that God grant them and indeed Nigeria victory over the evil group called Boko Haram", he said.
Sheu urged INEC to do all within its power to ensure that all the issues ranging from the distribution of PVCs to provision of all necessary logistics were resolved, adding that Nigerians must have confidence in INEC and the electoral process.
The president frowned at the way some countries were trying to meddle in the internal affairs of the country; pointing out that, "the attempt by some countries to dabble into the affairs of our country is totally unacceptable. Any country which has no useful assistance to offer us should steer clear."
The association however thanked the Nigerian students and the entire citizenry for their understanding and calmness, while urging the students to collect their PVCs and exercise their rights in the forthcoming elections.