The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lashed out at the federal government for its perceived failure to address the country’s security problems and other criminal vices, particularly the Boko Haram insurgency.
Briefing reporters shortly at the end of its National Executive Council meeting held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, yesterday, its National President, Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge said the insecurity problem across the nation was an expression of people’s anger over high level of injustice against the masses, hunger, deprivations and failure of government to tackle corruption.
He challenged all tiers of government to make security and welfare of the masses a priority, regretting that in spite of the high budgetary allocation on security, bombings, kidnappings and armed robbery had become a daily occurrence.
The union also said the spiral increase in the prices of essential commodities, low standard of living and joblessness had pushed many citizens into criminal activities.
“The spate of insecurity in the country has continued unabated. On daily basis, the news stands are awash with reports of bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, armed robberies, arson, and related acts of violence perpetuated against the Nigerian people and foreigners alike.
“There are also reports of spiral inflation and phenomenal increase in commodity prices leading to food insecurity and reduction in standard of living across the country. Joblessness, homelessness, and decreasing access to education and other indices of underdevelopment now characterize our national life”, he said.
The academic union disagreed with those advocating for a Sovereign National Conference, saying what the nation needed was a change of attitude on the part of its leaders.
“Sovereign National Conference has never worked anywhere; the recent example is that of Sudan; even though the South Sudan has gained independence, peace has not returned in that place; so the fundamental issues of corruption and looting of public fund should be addressed,” he said.