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Nigeria minister of education ends students’ meeting abruptly

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A meeting between Nigerian university students and Education Minister Adamu Adamu over the current strike by lecturers ended abruptly with the students accusing him of walking out on them.

The president of Nigeria’s students’ association, Sunday Ashefon, made reference to the fact that the minister’s son had studied overseas during their meeting in the capital, Abuja.

“We saw it on social media, you celebrated your son who graduated in a university outside this country,” Mr Ashefon said.

“Our parents don’t have that money to send us outside the country… we want adequate funding of education in this country.

“Honourable minister, we want to go back to class.”

Mr Adamu seemed visibly angry at the remarks.

He said that “the only thing” he would take from the gathering was that the students should also be involved in the negotiations with lecturers – and he left, leaving the students somewhat bewildered.

“He walked out of us?” asked the students’ leader.

The students then broke into chants of “Adamu must go”, while banging on tables as seen in social media.

The latest lecturers’ strike is to demand that the government implement a 2009 agreement to increase education funding.

Students are protesting across the country, mostly in solidarity with their lecturers

The latest lecturers’ strike is to demand that the government implement a 2009 agreement to increase education funding.

Students are protesting across the country, mostly in solidarity with their lecturers.

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