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Buhari Gov’t Is Killing Lecturers With Forced Hunger – ASUU Cries Out

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Branch, on Friday, August 26, 2022, alleged that the Federal government was hell bent on decimating public university lecturers in their employ with forced hunger, as was the case during the Nigeria-Biafra civil war.

The branch Chairperson, Dr Ogugua Egwu stated this while reacting to the irksome and provocative outbursts of the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, on their “take it or leave it” offer of peanuts to university lecturers, as alternative to the principles of collective bargaining.

In a statement titled “FG: Weaponizing hunger on our dependents” Comrade Egwu wondered why all the Ministers involved in resolving the FG-ASUU face-off were being economical with the truth, adding that “they come to the public domain every day to misinform Nigerians.”

According to him, before 2015 when this administration was still fighting to unseat the Jonathan administration, Adamu Adamu was solidly behind ASUU when the Union was on strike.

“Back then when Adamu Adamu still had common sense and shared some sympathies for ASUU, he openly declared to the whole world that: “This nation owes a debt of gratitude to ASUU and the strike should not be called off until the government accepts to do and does what is required. So, instead of hectoring ASUU to call off its strike, the nation should be praying for more of its kind in other sectors of the economy”.

“Having freely made such a statement not too long ago, many observers and social historians wonder whether Adamu was inebriated when he unleashed those lifesaving thoughts to the public domain through a popular newspaper column or not.

“Again, while reacting to the threat by Adamu that striking public university lecturers will not be paid their six months’ withheld salaries, the branch Chairperson stated that Adamu’s statements were a confirmation of the pristine loathing the current government has had for ASUU since coming into power.”

He stated further that: “FG’s hatred of our Union is congenitally historical and unmistakeably aimed at annihilating our members and their many dependants. In what better ways do you explain the monthly and uninterrupted payment of salaries to striking workers in Nigeria’s Research Institute for many months running, whereas ASUU is being punished?

“How does one explain the fact that ASUU members’ salaries were abruptly stopped in February 2022 immediately this strike action commenced, whereas the same government continued paying non-teaching staff in the same public universities who are even with larger wage bills and populations than ASUU?

“How do you justify the payment of idle refineries workers salaries running into over 136 billion naira by this same government, according to the Guardian newspaper, while ASUU members and their families are being starved to death for their patriotism?

“And as though these well-hatched insults to ASUU are not enough, the same Buhari government that is using the “No work, no pay” stratagem against ASUU, has just woken up late in the evening to pay the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), and other Allied hospital workers their April and May salaries of 2018 which this same government withheld because they embarked on a properly and legitimately convened strike action, just like we did in February this year.

“Rhetorically, the branch Chairperson questioned: “Where is the justice, or is this another modern Nigerian way of replicating the injustices of powerful men against innocent, patriotic, and hardworking Nigerian lecturers as was demonstrated in George Orwell’s Animal Farm?

“That this government is planning to kill and bury public universities in Nigeria the same way they have done to public primary and secondary education, is indeed very worrisome. And more worrisome is the fact that nearly the entire assemblage of the current Buhari cabinet members schooled through the benevolence of government incentives like decent infrastructure and even scholarships!

“One again wonders why their entire ilk, including some of their unpatriotic diasporan collaborators, like Farooq Kperogi, will shamelessly come to the public space to blame ASUU for the current woes of students in public universities in Nigeria. And that’s what happens when the likes of Kperogi, Ngige, Keyamo, and Adamu get compromised by selfish pecuniary benefits, instead of honourably admitting their failures or the mistakes of government like Isa Pantami has already done by exposing the ills of fraudulent IPPIS, GIFMIS, and TSA, even though belatedly.”

Source: Vanguard

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