Lecturers of the University of Ibadan have asked parents to blame the federal government for the protracted strike that had kept students at home for more than 5 months. They said this at a two-day fasting and prayer for a divine intervention in their five-month strike.
Speaking at the gathering, the branch chairman of the union, Olusegun Ajiboye, said there was need for God to visit the heart of Nigerian leaders, so that can do what was necessary and document the resolutions of their meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Ajiboye, who expressed optimism that the strike would end soon, listed the three prayer points, “The need for God to touch the heart of the Federal Government to be committed towards funding public education and develop the nation; that God should protect the leadership of ASUU as they travel; and that the purpose of the strike is actualised by placing universities in the league of world class institutions.”
He said rather than rush to the media, the government should reply a letter sent to the President by ASUU and allow resumption of academic activities in universities.
Mr. Ajiboye said the union did not need newspaper confirmation from Mr. Jonathan that N200 billion had been deposited within the Central Bank of Nigeria. He said it was impossible for anybody who had not opened an account with a bank to request the bank for a balance.
“Nigerians should know that it is the Federal Government that is keeping the students at home and not ASUU. Our position is that it would be foolish to return to classes without anything to show for five months strike.
We do not need newspaper announcement or television confirmation. Would you go to a bank and ask for the balance of an account you did not open? Why is Federal Government afraid of documenting the resolutions it reached with the union. We are still expecting the response from the president. Threat will not work. A teacher wrote to President Obama in America on his Health care policy and Obama responded to the letter. What is wrong with our own system here? Why is it too big for the president to attend to the things that affect millions of youths and parents as well as the country?” he queried.
Mr. Ajiboye said the federal government should be serious with the future of the country. He hinted that the union could suspend the strike within 24 hours if the grey areas in the resolutions were sorted out by the federal government.
Additional report from PREMIUM Times