On Monday, President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) expressed regret over the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASU) refusal to end its strike, adding that enough should be enough for keeping students at home.
He made this comment on Monday in Daura, Katsina State, when he hosted lawmakers, some APC governors, and other political figures at his home.
According to The PUNCH, the ASUU strike is now in its fifth month and there are no signs of it ending anytime soon because the lecturers have not changed their positions on their demands.
Buhari asked the professors to change their minds about the protracted strike, warning that the situation will have long-term effects on families, the educational system, and the nation’s ability to prosper in the future.
The President claimed that the walkout had a negative psychological impact on parents, students, and other stakeholders.
He stated that the caliber of educational institutions and education depended on the destiny of the nation. He suggested that talks proceed while pupils are back in school while assuring the administration that he understood the union’s position.
He was quoted as stating, “We expect that ASUU will sympathize with the people on the ongoing strike,” in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. The days of keeping students at home are genuinely over. Please, do not harm the coming generation.
Buhari urged all well-meaning Nigerians to get involved and convince the lecturers to continue, especially those close to the union’s leaders and members.
The President pointed out that keeping Nigerian university students at home would only deprive them of the time, opportunities, and skills necessary to be relevant on the international stage, and that they would face difficulties competing with peers in a highly connected and technologically advanced workplace.
“Colonial type education was geared towards producing workers in government. Those jobs are no longer there. Our young people should get education to prepare them for self-employment. Now education is for the sake of education.
“Through technology, we are much more efficient. We should encourage our children to get education, not only to look for government jobs.”
“By this time next year, I would have made the most out of the two terms, and in the remaining months I will do my best.”
“If you are greedy, you won’t look around to see what is happening with those who are less endowed,’’ he added.
The President also told the governors and political leaders that the reason he had not been to his home in Daura for a long time was because of his work as the President.
“The observation that I abandoned my base was made by the Emir of Daura, Dr. Faruk Faruk, at the Eid prayer ground. He held the microphone and told everyone that the last time I was in Daura was during the Eid-el-Kabir of 2021.
“In 10 to 11 months, I will come here. I have a better house in Kaduna, but it is too close to Abuja,’’ he said.
The President explained that the schedule of work was much, saying he recently had to sympathise with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, who had to be away most of the time from his family.
He admonished the APC stalwarts to keep working for the good of the people and the country, saying “we are a lucky people, and we need to reflect more on where we are coming from.
“I wish the person who is coming after me the very best.”
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