The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore, has joined Nigerians in urging authorities to permit students to take a break from class to cast their votes in the next general elections.
In his call, Sowore requested the Federal Government to instruct the Ministry of Education to give pupils at least a week off from school so they could cast their votes.
The election, which will take place in just a few weeks, has sparked debate among the political circles of the nation. There are many expectations and hallucinations about who will ultimately win the presidency.
At least 3.5 million students with voters’ cards but have their polling stations outside their schooling domains may be disenfranchised from the voting exercise; due to their inability to reach out to their respective polling stations.
As the case may be schooling authorities in the country may not be reflecting on allowing the already registered students to holiday with regards to the 2023 polls.
Many people have already voiced their concerns about the situation and criticised educational institutions for their lack of interest in the issue.
The human rights crusader who is a candidate for president in 2023 has championed the improvement of Nigeria’s educational system in his blueprint; which calls for, among other things, complete enrollment for all pupils at the basic and secondary school levels.
Lending his voice to the development, Sowore, in a Twitter post on Thursday morning, January 26, wrote; “The Federal Govt led by @MBuhari, @inecnigeria; the ministry of education must grant Nigerian students at least a weeklong break to enable them to vote in the 2023 elections.
“They must be allowed to choose their leaders so they can get rid of wicked leaders #LetOurpeoplevote #SoworeMagashi2023 #WeCantContinueLikeThis,”Sowore tweeted on the matter.