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ASUU responds to Buhari on ‘enough is enough’ comment

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has responded to President Muhammadu Buhari's latest "enough is enough" comments.


The union said the Federal Government, and not its members, is responsible for the prolonged strike. 

Recall that, Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, released a statement on behalf of Mr. Buhari in which he stated, "Truly, enough is enough for keeping pupils at home." 

He spoke on Monday at his home in Daura, Katsina State, where he was hosting APC governors, lawmakers, and other political figures, read here.

 Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the national president of ASUU, asked Nigerians to inquire of the government as to when it would respond to the union's requests in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

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."

Speaking about their salary that was withheld because of the ongoing strike, Osodeke said it wasn't essential to sue the government over it and that doing so would cause the case to be postponed for years.

"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 statement reads in part, "Mr. President, saying that enough is enough is mere wishful thinking and will not resolve the present decadence in our universities nor stop the present struggle to reposition our public universities. 

"For the records, Mr. President, enough will not be enough in the struggle to reposition the public university education in Nigeria under this present administration and beyond as long as; the Nigerian public universities are reduced to a glorified secondary schools for the production of poor quality and globally uncompetitive, rejected and unemployable graduates and Nigerian academics remain one of the poorest paid scholars not only in Africa but the world".

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