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ASUU blames menace on Buhari’s alleged indifference

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has blamed the seeming indecisiveness of President Muhammadu Buhari for the unabated pogrom in parts of the federation. It specifically described as a “sign of irresponsibility the failure of the Federal Government to arrest the spate of killings around the country.”

The union maintained that a government that allows its people to be murdered daily was “totally irresponsible and has failed to fulfill the social contract of protecting lives and property.”

The University of Ibadan chapter chairman of the association, Dr Deji Omole, who addressed newsmen after the body’s congress in Ibadan yesterday, demanded for adequate security of lives and property of Nigerians from the current All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

The union also called for the de-politicisation of the headship of the security agencies, stating that loyalty must be to the nation and not occupants of Aso Rock.

Omole contended that Nigerians, who were already wearied of poor economic conditions, could not be further exposed to the deadly activities of some criminal elements in the society while government only ends up issuing “ineffective condemnation speeches.”

According to Omole, it is the height of “irresponsibility” on the part of the government to watch in a seeming helpless fashion while people are being killed on a daily basis only for same administration to approve N10 billion for rebuilding of their affected communities.

He stated that “a serious government would have prevented the destruction from happening in the first place, instead, it allowed it and the carnage to fester.”

The ASUU boss noted that while land transportation is hellish for Nigerians, it was now deadlier to travel since criminals have positioned themselves on major roads kidnapping, raping, dispossessing and killing people at will.

Omole said food production now faces a serious threat, as the affected communities were farming settlements with farmers readily attacked and their land allegedly taken over by suspected herders.


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