ASUU Threatens Strike over Abducted Lecturers as Civil Society Groups Knock FG
The abduction of lecturers of the University of Maiduguri by Islamist Jihadists Boko Haram continues to rip the polity as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to “call out” its members if the Federal Government doesn’t secure their release immediately.
No fewer than 48 people, including five lecturers of UNIMAID, about 15 soldiers, 11 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and workers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on exploration for crude oil in Barno Yasu, Borno State were massacred on Thursday by the sect.
A day after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo commiserated with victims of the attack, the President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the union would take action if the Federal Government did not strengthen security in UNIMAID and ensure the release of the abducted lecturers.
“Our union is no doubt saddened by the UNIMAID incident. It is a concrete manifestation of our fears all along. As far back as June 9, we expressed our fears about the alarming security situation in the Maiduguri metropolis and particularly in UNIMAID. Those fears we expressed are beginning to manifest concretely,” Ogunyemi told Punch.
“The Situation Could Have Been Better Handled. Our Members, Who Were Carrying Out Their Legitimate Duties Were Made Vulnerable To This Experience.
‘‘We Have Told The Government To Take The Necessary Steps And Get Our Members In Captivity Released Or Else, We May Be Forced To Call Out Our Members. But We Are Getting Assurances Now That The Government Is Going To Do The Needful.”
Meanwhile, The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights have berated the Federal Government for failing to take appropriate security measures before dispatching the oil exploration team to the volatile Lake Chad area.
According to CACOL Chairman, Debo Adeniran, such expedition was “needless and tactless” in the face of the vestiges of the Boko Haram terrorists in the region.