- ASUU has been lambasted by the group, Scholars Without Boundary (SWB), for speaking against the proposed Muhammadu Buhari University
- The SWB asserted that such comments attributed to the union should only come from garage urchins and not an academic body
- The SWB chided the ASUU leadership for what it described as the “hatred they delight in expressing against President Buhari”
The group, Scholars Without Boundary (SWB), has chided the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) over the latter’s comment concerning the proposed Muhammadu Buhari University.
During a townhall meeting in Yola, Adamawa state, the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, had announced plans to establish a university in her husband’s honour, in collaboration with partners from Qatar and Sudan, Vanguard reports.
The academic union, however, decried the announcement; stating that it was a sad reminder of Buhari’s continued reduction of budgetary allocation to the education sector since 2015. It described the proposed institution as a joke.
ASUU’s position was, however, faulted by the SWB, which asserted that such comment attributed to the union should only come from garage urchins and not an academic body.
Speaking via its president, Ibrahim Taiwo, on Wednesday, April 24, the SWB said it was worrisome that ASUU seems to have abandoned their major responsibilities of contributing their quota to Nigeria’s peace and development, and is instead obsessing with frivolities.
The group implored ASUU to focus its energies, instead, on productive engagements to assist in Nigeria’s development.
Taiwo said: “For academics to argue in this manner is disgraceful to Nigeria’s intellectual community, because silence would have been more golden.
“We fear these so-called varsity dons didn’t even pass their own JAMB to have become lecturers and harbingers of knowledge. We suspect these are intellectual touts and not academics.”
Taiwo stated that Mrs Buhari is not a government appointee in the current administration, and does not possess even the remotest connection or influence with government business.
He queried: “How does Professor Aremu expect her to officially influence policies in education?”
The SWB president further lambasted the ASUU leadership for what it described as the “hatred they delight in expressing against President Buhari,” stating that in-spite of this, “His (Buhari’s) scorecard in public leadership cannot be obviated by the primordial and cynical thoughts of these dons.”
He added: “Nigerians have searched history, but have not found any former leader of the country in President Buhari’s mould.”
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Prof Dejo Omole, faulted the proposed plan to establish a private university which will be named after President Muhammadu Buhari.
Omole's arguments were also backed by Professor Ademola Aremu, a former national treasurer of the union.
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