The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday, charged Nigerian workers to rise and resist a system which has consistently exposed them to suffering under the burden of current political and financial corruption of the ruling class.
This is just as the union also asked President Muhammadu Buhari, to toe the path of honour and sign the already renegotiated agreements which would improve the working conditions and make the universities in the country look like a real knowledge ecosystem.
ASUU in a May Day release issued yesterday by the Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, entitled: “For still surviving in a country that lacks workers’ friendly government; Nigerian workers deserve a salute”, called on Nigerians to decide to elect in 2023, saying, “a leader who can protect them and not to elect someone on the basis of zoning or regional presidency but rather focus on competence of the person who is capable to rid the land of injustices.”
While describing the government of Buhari as unfriendly to workers, he asked the Nigerian workers to resist being used to terrorise themselves through the adoption of divide and rule by the government.
Akinwole noted that Nigeria, “is a fiefdom of competing warlords, assemblage of official certified terrorists, carnivals of jesters and bands of thieves dressed in costumes and bemusing titular inanities.”
According to the ASUU boss, traditional rulers in Nigeria look away while their people suffer while religious leaders have become, “chattered prophets, prayer contractors, ministers of their own bellies and priests of violence.”
He lashed out at the Buhari administration, “whose anti-workers’ policy,” he claimed has “made Nigerian workers poorer. There is increasing rise in prices of commodities and services.”
He said, “This administration has failed Nigerians in the following ways: Non implementation of minimum wage policy of the government by all the states; Inappropriate payment platform of salary which denies workers the opportunity to plan for the future; embargo on employment in Federal Universities has turned workers to slaves; workers have become hopeless because there is no succession plan;
“High level of insecurity has negatively affected safety of life and properties; political instability in Nigeria – more than ever before this government polarised the country along religion and ethnicity; citizenship in the Nigerian state has been compromised due to wrong attitude of government that does not see the need to promote integration;
“The current administration lacks the capacity to unite the country and provide needed forum for the future; and our youths have become negatively aggressive and have given in to moral lapses.”
The ASUU chairman then saluted the courage of Nigerian workers to dare the odds and survive under the precarious conditions under this administration saying, “on this day, we observe moments of silence for the Nigerian people and workers who have been victims of terrorism and brutality of the ruling administration.”
“We stand still for women and girls who are victims of rape and sexual enslavement. Today, we remember the thousands of Nigerians who have been buried in mass and unmarked graves, with no opportunity by family and loved ones to bid them farewell; we share the grief of parents who are in mourning over their dead and missing children.
“It is sad to note that in the face of the enduring grief and hopelessness of Nigerians, the political class is in a frenzy of political carnivals. God shall indeed judge the wicked,”, he added.
★ Published by CAMPUS GIST