Reconsider Your Stand, Abdusalami;Babangida Tell ASUU/FG

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Reconsider Your Stand, Abdusalami;Babangida Tell ASUU/FG
Posted on: October 19, 2013, 08:29:29 PM
Two former Military Head of State, General Abdulsami Abubakar and General Ibrahim Babangida has called on the Academic Staff Union Of Universities and the Federal government to reconsider their stand on the ongoing strike in order to avert total collapse of education in the countryThe duo spoke with journalists shortly after paying sallah visit to the state governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu at his residence in Minna on Friday. General Abubakar who spoke
extensively on other nagging national
issues including security, oil theft
among others also called on all other
unions already on strike or warming
up to enter into dialogue with the relevant authorities to avoid the
collapse of the nation’s economy.
General Abubakar said, “I believe that
strike is a normal issue but i think we
are overdoing it in this country
because in other developed countries, strike is done within 24 hours aimed
at drawing attention to their plight.
Nigerians are already feeling the pinch
of these strike actions and so
government and these strikers should
look at how these issues can be resolved immediately.”
The former Head of State said
government should not have allowed
the strike to linger on for so long and
therefore called on it to look into their
demands and address them accordingly regardless of its dwindling
resources.
According to him, “Government
should look into these various issues
and demands and address them
accordingly regardless of the dwindling resources of the country
and similarly, the strikers should also
look at the coffers of government and
try to be reasonable in their
demands.”
He noted that the various unions had made their points and therefore urged
them to go back to work pointing out
that if the strike continues, they might
eventually lose the sympathy of the
people.
General Babangida who also spoke in the same vein also called on the
striking unions to sheath their swords
in the interest of parents, students and
other affected Nigerians.
Speaking on security, General
Abubakar said it is the business of all Nigerians and should not be left in the
hands of government and security
agents alone and therefore called on
the public to always pass on relevant
informationregarding security to the
authorities. Just as he also called on the security agencies to always protect
sources of their information in order to
give more room for more information.
General Abubakar those involved in
the constant oil theft as unpatrotic and
urged them to abandon the business in the interest of the economy of the
nation.
“I look at the ongoing development as
very sad and look at the people as
very unpatrotic. To them, they think
they are getting their share of the national cake by stealing whereas
they are not. I want them to have a
rethink and search their conscience
and turn a new leaf so that we can
have a peaceful and developing
country” He however allayed the fears of the
ongoing problems facing the country
saying, “God has joined us together
and whether you break Nigeria into
pieces, we will still remain joined by
our umbilical cord because our umbilical cord is still there and we will
continue to live together either as
neighbours or as communities.”


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