By Lukman Olabiyi
Students of higher institutions in Lagos State have endorsed presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s re-election bid.
The students, who came from Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State University of Education (LASUED), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH), among others, converged at the Onikan Stadium and gave a carnival-like endorsement to the governor and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat.
They also confered the ‘Five Star General Students Aluta’ title on Governor Sanwo-Olu.
National Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ishaq Giwa, described Sanwo-Olu as being super active in governance.
He also thanked Special Adviser to the governor on education, Tokunbo Wahab, for supporting the students over the years.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who expressed delight over the endorsement, said the gathering was about the future of the students to ensure their wellbeing.
He said: “I thank you for your leadership that has put this together. I want to thank you for coming to validate all what you have been doing in your schools. We are just starting, the agenda for a greater Lagos is rising in our education, in our tertiary institutions and our secondary schools, and it will touch every one.”
The governor recalled that during the last strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), none of the state institutions downed tools because his administration takes good care of students and lecturers.
He added: “When there was strike and the country was shut down, you didn’t lose one day. You were working and you were working very well. We have moved from one university to three universities. I handed the biggest student arcade in the whole country to you. Today, we are giving additional buses to you. We want your life to be meaningful. This endorsement, we will not take it for granted. We will support you and give you the enabling environment to thrive.
“What we are doing here today is about your future; it is about giving opportunity to you, you have no other country, it is for us to create an ambience so that your future will be better. That is why you want to support us.
“We want to compete with the world. LASU is the best in the country. The other two will also compete as the best in the world,” the governor added.
Popular pop artiste, Abolore Adegbola, one of the several artistes who graced the occasion, said he was at the event not to play, but to endorse Sanwo-Olu and Tinubu.
“I am not here to sing. Vote for APC, vote Asiwaju, vote Sanwo-Olu for you to have a better life,” he said.