News as Facts

President Buhari on ASUU: Enough is enough, tells long striking Nigerian lecturers


NThe President of Nigeria, Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, has, on Monday, bemoaned the action of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for not calling off its long industrial action, saying enough is enough for keeping Nigerian students at home.

He said this on Monday in Daura, Katsina State, his home town, when he received some governors of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), legislators, and other political leaders at his residence.

The PUNCH newspaper had reported that the ASUU strike has entered its fifth month, with resumption not in sight as the lecturers are yet to shift grounds on their demands from government.

Buhari urged the lecturers to reconsider their stance on the prolonged strike, noting that the crisis would have generational consequences on families, the educational system, and the future development of the country.

The President said the strike was taking a toll on the psychology of parents, students, and other strong stakeholders.

He noted that the future of the country was resting on the quality of educational institutions and education. While assuring that the government understood the union’s position, he urged that negotiations should continue while students return to classes.

“We hope that ASUU will sympathise with the people on the prolonged strike. Truly, enough is enough for keeping students at home. Don’t hurt the next generation for goodness sake.”

President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu

Buhari asked all well-meaning Nigerians, especially those close to the leaders and members of the union, to wade in on the matter and persuade the lecturers to resume.

The President noted that students from Nigerian universities would experience challenges competing with counterparts in a highly connected and technology-driven workspace, and keeping them at home only deprived them of time, skill, and opportunities to be relevant on the global stage.

He also said, “Colonial type education was geared towards producing workers in government. Those jobs are no longer there. Our young people should get education to prepare them for self-employment. Now education is for the sake of education.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.