Atiku, 215 Others Sign Petition ToEnd ASUU Strike


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Atiku, 215 Others Sign Petition ToEnd ASUU Strike
Posted on: October 23, 2013, 09:42:41 AM
Two hundred and sixteen Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora have signed an online petition asking the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to end the industrial dispute which has kept public universities shut for four months. The petition launched on,
a go-to site for web protests, is asking
President Goodluck Jonathan and the
National President of ASUU, Dr. Nassir
Faggae, to reach an “amicable
consensus.” In the petition entitled, “Mr. President
and the Academic Staff Union of
Universities: Please End the ASUU Strike
now,” the petitioners said the
Presidency should stop playing politics
with education of the Nigerian youth. The petition read in part, “Since the
ASUU strike began, it has been over
half a semester, a lot in the life of
students waiting at home, not
knowing when the strike will be over.
The future of Nigeria is at stake. Stop playing politics with education.
“It is urgent we send a message that it
is long past time for the FG and ASUU
to reach consensus and get students
back to school by ending this strike.”
A majority of non-students who appended their signature to the
petition noted that they joined the
online protest with a view to crying
out to ASUU and the FG to consider
poor students whose parents cannot
afford the luxury of sending them overseas to study like the sons and
daughters of political office holders.
Former Vice-President, Atiku
Abubakar, joined other students and
concerned Nigerians clamouring for a
speedy end to the crisis rocking the higher education sector.
Atiku, who featured the link to the
petition signing website on his Twitter
handle, wrote, “We should never play
politics with education. Our future
depends on it. It is time for the FG and ASUU to reach a consensus and get
students back to school by ending this
An Abuja-based post-graduate
student in one of the public
universities in the country, Mubarak Jubrin, expressing his dissatisfaction,
wrote: “I am stuck with a semester to
finish my Master’s programme. The FG
should be doing everything possible
to rescue the one institution left that is
working towards producing better human beings who will shape the
future of our dear country.”
Noting that prolonged shutting down
of public universities is a dangerous
omen for the society and development
of the nation, a Kaduna-based student, Tarik Abubakar, also said
Nigerians students were being denied
their rights to education.
“Students in other countries are
enjoying their rights to education. I am
pleading with the FG and ASUU to settle their issue and call off the strike,”
Abubakar stated.
A Nigerian student studying at the
University of Cape Town, South Africa,
Godspower Onwudiwe, lamented that
the industrial action paints a bad picture of Nigeria on the international
Onwudiwe stated, I feel so sorry for
my beloved country because these
incessant strikes are a barrier to her
general development. Also, as a student in the Diaspora, it paints a very
pitiful and shameful picture on our
international identity.
“I cannot wait to not only see this
strike end but also the end of future
strikes to the detriment of the future of this generation and our country at
Jemima Gana, who was moved to sign
the petition because she believes that
the status quo needs to change as the
prosperous future of Nigeria depends on quality education, which is being
threatened by the strike.
Gana, who according to the
information she provided on the site,
is based in Lagos, said Nigerian
students need a stable learning environment devoid of strikes for
them to be able to compete globally.
“It is so important to me because it is
high time the FG took the value of
education seriously and in high
regard. Students in Nigeria need a stable environment to acquire
knowledge and graduate on time in
order to contribute their skills to the
growth and development of this great
nation,” she wrote.

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