The National Council for Women Societies on Thursday in Abuja expressed concerns over the protracted strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14 over unresolved issues with the Federal Government.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had on Wednesday said the issues around the protracted strike were more complex than Nigerians thought.
But the group’s National President, Lami Lau, warned that students might become willing tools for desperate politicians as the nation prepares for the 2023 general election should the strike continue.
She, therefore, called on the Federal Government and ASUU to reopen universities.
Lau made the call during a press briefing organised as part of activities to mark the International Day of African Girl Child and Women.
She said, “As mothers, the continuous stay at home of our children as a result of the ASUU strike is very worrisome to us. This has made them idle, redundant and therefore vulnerable to all forms of violence and negative tendencies.
“We are calling on the Federal Government and ASUU to please reopen our universities so that our children will be fully engaged. What we have now is a big threat to national security as we are getting into election season.”