The Academic Staff Union of Universities continues to be on strike, and members of the National Association of Nigerian Students have said that they will block the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, and Kaduna-Abuja Expressway today, Wednesday, September 21, in protest.
Remember that on Monday, September 19, the irate students also shut down the entrances to the local and international terminals of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, stranding travelers.
Reacting to plans by the students to block the Kaduna-Abuja expressway, the Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement released said while the state government was not depriving citizens of the right to express discontent, public security and safety must always be the foremost consideration.
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.”
Meanwhile the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, said security operatives have been deployed to Abuja airport to maintain law and order during the protest by the students.