The Academic Staff Union of Universities said the Federal Government, and not its members, are responsible for the union’s prolonged strike. It therefore appealed to Nigerians to ask the government when it will sign the agreement reached at the just concluded renegotiation meeting. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had on Monday told striking lecturers to consider the future generation and resume work, saying “enough is enough for keeping students at home.” However, ASUU’s National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, in an interview, urged Nigerians to ask the government when it would attend to the union’s demands. He said, “We are waiting for the government after the renegotiation meeting. We have not heard anything from them. “It will be a month on July 16, 2022 since they met with us. Nigerians should ask them when they will ask us to come and sign the report/agreement of the renegotiation meeting. “After all the promises they made, by July 16, 2022, this month, it will be one month and these young Nigerians are languishing at home doing nothing.” While speaking on their salary that was withheld due to the ongoing strike, Osodeke said it was unnecessary to take the government to court over it, adding that the case would be delayed for years if the union did so. “On our withheld salaries, if we decide to take them to court, they will mock us by getting their smart lawyers, and the case will be adjourned for years, then it will go to the appeal court. On the issue that concerns our members, this government will leave and we will be in court for years,” he said. Also, the Zonal Coordinator, ASUU-Lagos, Zone, Dr Adelaja Odukoya, in a statement, accused the President of being insensitive. The National Vice-President, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Dr Abdussobur Salaam, also said, “The government itself has been delaying the process of negotiations. It seems they are comfortable with allowing the strike to linger because there has been no serious commitment to any issues so far. Government must show more commitment towards resolving the issues that led to the strike.” Also, the chairperson of ASUU in the Federal University of Minna, Dr Gbolahan Bolarin, accused the President of playing psychological games by involving the future generation in his statement. Meanwhile, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), also on Tuesday called on Buhari to urgently address ASUU’s needs. Falana, in a statement accused the government of ignoring warning strikes initially embarked upon by the union. Efforts to reach the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on the fresh efforts to end the ongoing strike by ASUU proved abortive as messages and calls to his known line were not answered as of the time of filing this report.


Just resign, remain in Daura since you're tired - HURIWA begs Buhari -  Daily Post NigeriaFollowing the admission by President Muhammadu Buhari that the Presidency is tough and that he is “eager to go,” a call has gone out to the Nigerian leader to be honest enough to resign now and remain in Daura.

Buhari had told his people in Daura, Katsina State that, “In ten to eleven months’ time, I will come here. I have a better house in Kaduna, but it is too close to Abuja.

“I am eager to go. I can tell you it has been tough…”

Reacting, a group, Human Rights Writers Association, HURIWA, wondered why the President could still hold on to power if he is this tired, admonishing him “to immediately resign so he does not create additional burdens that may be too tough for the incoming administration to confront.”

The group feels that the current administration has not only endangered national security interests by the alleged nepotistic appointments, but is comfortable working with saboteurs.

HURIWA appealed to Buhari to be a statesman by tendering his resignation from office now to stave-off greater disasters that await the nation, according to the group.

The Rights group regretted that as stated in a report from the CBN, Nigeria has lost more than 80 percent in foreign investments in the last three years.

HURIWA citing official statistics disclosed that Capital imports into Nigeria had dipped by 81.46 percent, about $6.91 billion from $8.49 billion in the first quarter of 2019 to $1.57 billion in the same period of 2022, as disclosed by a data from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

According to the NBS data, Nigeria’s capital imports reports for four years say there is a steady drop in capital inflows into the country.

HURIWA further accused Buhari of destroying the national economy over his administration’s alleged failures to defend the country from external and internal terrorists.

The rights group cited the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s latest Monetary Policy Committee meeting (MPC), when it stated that an unconducive domestic investment climate is affecting foreign capital inflows into the country.

Furthermore, the human rights advocacy group described as the the “worst show of shame” Buhari’s unwillingness to take measures to stop the incessant industrial actions by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

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