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An educationist and leader of Champions For Christ Ministry, Asaba, Delta State, Reverend Samuel Akpan-Isong blamed the federal government for not resolving the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, two months after its start.
In an interview with The Tide’s source, Asaba, Akpan-Isong said that Nigerian leaders are not committed to the Nigerian project because they send their children to foreign institutions.
The priest accused the leaders of not being interested in resolving the ASUU crisis as they have no children in Nigerian schools.
“They are only interested in winning the elections and then ignore the development of the nation,” he said.
He described as very pathetic the fact that the ASUU was on strike and the children did not go to school, while the leaders were talking about elections.
“I would like to submit that if anyone wants to be a leader in this country, his pursuit of education and that of his children should be here. His investment and his wealth should be in Nigeria.
“These leaders doing the opposite and sending their children to foreign schools don’t trust Nigeria and as such I don’t see them as leaders,” he said.
There were tensions in parts of Benin City on Wednesday as students from the University of Benin (UNIBEN) and the public University Ambrose Alli, Ekpoma (AAU) took to the streets to demand an end to the strike In progress.
The students, in a peaceful protest, urged the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to respond to ASUU’s demands, saying the university professors’ strike was affecting their studies.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Foster Amadin, President of the Student Union Government, UNIBEN, said the strike was frustrating the dreams of Nigerian students.
“We stayed at home for more than 79 days. The truth is that we are not for ASUU and we are not fighting for or against anyone, all we know and all we want is to get back to our classes.
Idiahi Thomas, an official with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), chastised the federal government team involved in the ASUU negotiations, saying, “As things stand, Nigerian students are at home while leaders are busy buying forms for more than 100 million naira; an amount that presidents of other countries cannot constitutionally earn throughout their tenure,” he said.