From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin
A Benin based public affairs analyst, Pastor Moses Onodua, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari is in a hurry to hand over to his successor and thus not interested in resolving the prolonged Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
He said this in Benin while addressing reporters on what called “An honest and sincere appeal to ASUU.
Pastor Onodua said he sincerely shares in the pains of parents and students who have been made to stay at home more than necessary while their academic activities suffer but he is of the passionate appeal that the ASUU calls off the strike and wait for the new administration to resolve the impasse.
“I want you to know that I’m in full support of your agitation because it’s the right thing to do.
“I have joined in the struggle for a better education for our children and what you are doing has my 100 percent support.
“The recent protest rally by NLC was a success. Many Nigerians were in full support of the protest rally because they sincerely want an end to this strike.
“However, I wish to appeal to the leadership and the entire membership of ASUU as well as other unions in our University system to consider calling off this present strike simply because of the interest of our children and the parents who are directly feeling the impact of this six months strike.
“I’m making this appeal basically on the fact that this current government of President Buhari is not willing to listen to your demands irrespective of the various actions that have been taken to draw the attention of the government.
“Why is the government so silent on this issue? The answer is not far fetched. President Buhari is done with his tenure and he is just waiting for May 29th, 2023 to handover.
“He is not interested if this issue will affect the electoral fortunes of APC or not.
“As a result of this understanding, it will be more sensible if the strike is called off now and allow a new government to come in place and ASUU returns to the negotiation table hopefully with a more responsive government taking over the reins of power in 2023”, he said.
Onodua faulted the government for claiming that there is no money to resolve the ASUU crisis, yet it has enough to purchase security vehicles for Niger Republic just as he said there is no money to settle ASUU demand, yet millions of naira was generated by individuals to buy nomination forms, there is no money for our schools, yet few persons are fingered for massive corruption.
He said Nigerians are waiting for the outcome of those corruption cases in court.
He added “Dear ASUU, call off this strike. There is no government that will answer you for now. Infact, the priority of all government officials at present is the 2023 elections. For the avoidance of doubt, the President is neither interested in ASUU nor elections. The President is done with governance.
“Don’t forget; ASUU, I’m fully in support of all your actions. You are fighting a just cause that requires the support of all well-meaning Nigerians”