Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, once again appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike. Universities of Nigeria are still on strike as the Federal government is failing to fulfil the requirements of the Academic staff union of universities (ASUU).
The ASUU strike has continued since 14 February 2022. Today, 13 August 2022, marks 180 days since the federal universities across the nation were shut down.
On Friday, Buhari made a phone call to Maiduguri at the Special Convocation Ceremony of the Honourary Degree of Doctor of letters Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, Chairman of Oriental Energy Resources limited.
The President spoke with his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and he said it is unprofessional to say something about the ASUU strike as we’re celebrating Alhaji Indimi, marked for the advancement of quality education in this country.
He said that “In this regard, I would like to forward President Buhari’s call for the ASUU to call off the strike and return to their classrooms.”
The President says demands for negotiation have already gone too far. If the ASSU continue to carry on the strike under such conditions, the outcomes will be counter-productive for them. Such lengthy discontinuations of education weaken the country’s development of human capital.
On the other hand, Professor Victor Osodeke, President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday revealed that so many lecturers of Nigerian universities had abandoned the country for the sake of their careers as the federal government failed to settle the education crises in the country.
Osodeke said that he didn’t think there’s another country in the world where if their academics carry out a strike and they think the best weapon to stop them is by seizing their earnings.
He also said they didn’t have a certain number of academics who moved out of the country. Still, many Nigerian academics moved out of the country not because they hated the country but because of how they get treated.