The two months old industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday took a new twist as the university teachers came down on bended kneels, begging President Muhammadu Buhari to show mercy on students by quickly meeting the demands of the Union.
ASUU has been on strike since November 5, 2018.
The Union said it has no intention whatsoever to disconnect the education sector, rather it explained that the reason why they decided to embark on the strike is to make the ruling class responsible for the future of Nigerian children.
ASUU in a release signed by Dr Deji Omole, University of Ibadan Chairman, described the call by the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige on the Union to have Mercy on students and call off its strike “a merciless utterance”.
According to Omole, the statement by the Minister exposed the ruling government as insincere and callous to the wellbeing of Nigerian students.
ASUU said since government was a continuum it was regrettable that Chris Ngige who is being paid salaries put in place by previous governments as a Minister will say previous governments caused the problem of the strike by signing 2009 agreements.
The ASUU boss who noted that the present government has not shown mercy to Education and Health of the nation said the Union has a genuine concern to truncate the plans of the ruling capitalist to destroy the future of Nigerian youths by not funding Education.
Education he maintained is an instrument of liberation which will stop many youths from joining kidnapping gangs, armed robbery, militancy and terrorism.
He said “we are patriots otherwise we would not go on strike. We would have been looking and allow everything to be destroyed. But we cannot allow our future (children) to be taught in zoo-like conditions.
“This kind of education system cannot give us a leader who will be kind to others if we are not kind to them by giving them the best environment to learn from. Nigerians should join us to beg President Buhari to meet our demands on time “.