The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to show mercy on university students and meet the union’s demands.
ASUU’s call came on Monday in a statement by the Chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter, Deji Omole after the Labour Minister Chris Ngige said the union should have mercy on the students and call off the strike.
Reacting to the statement, the ASUU chairman Deji describe the statement as a merciless utterance adding the statement exposed the ruling government’s insincerity and callousness to the well-being of the Nigerian students.
The union also noted that the Buhari had the capability to resolve the lingering issues between it and the Federal Government for students to continue with their academic activities forthwith.
ASUU said since government is a continuum, it was regrettable that “Ngige who is being paid salaries put in place by previous governments as a minister will say previous governments caused the problem of the strike by signing 2009 agreements.”
The ASUU boss who noted that the present government has not shown mercy to education and health sectors of the nation said the union has a genuine concern to truncate the plans of the ruling capitalist to destroy the future of Nigerian youths by not funding education.
Education, he maintained, is an instrument of liberation which will stop many youths from joining kidnapping gangs, armed robbery, militancy and terrorism.
“We are patriots, otherwise we would not go on strike. We would have been looking and allow everything to be destroyed.
“But we cannot allow our future (children) to be taught in zoo-like conditions. This kind of education system cannot give us a leader who will be kind to others if we are not kind to them by giving them the best environment to learn from. Nigerians should join us to beg President Buhari to meet our demands on time rather than using a ‘keep them talking’ approach.”