The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has asked students through the National Association of Nigerian Students not to disrupt political activities.
Lawan made this appeal when the NANS President, Sunday Ashefon, visited his office on Tuesday.
Students had begun to stage protests in different parts of the country threatening to stall all political activities until the government makes an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call off the strike.
Lawan appealed to students to continue on the path of consultation and avoid confrontation.
He said, “I want to advise, I don’t think it will be necessary to disrupt political activities. We should not do that and we don’t need to do that.
What we need to do is to continue to follow the path of consultation, consolidation and avoid confrontation. It is when you emphasise consultation, that it’s much easier for us to find something that you can consolidate.”
Lawan assured that the Senate will work to ensure students return to school as soon as possible.
“Your prayers is that you want the Federal government and ASUU back to negotiate and resolve the issues. We have taken this prayer and have endorsed it and we will work on it as quickly as possible,” he said.
He used the opportunity to appeal to ASUU to suspend the strike for a certain period and create a window for negotiation.