- ASUU said that FG is forcing its members to resume work to prevent another EndSARS protests
- Olu Olufayo, the ASUU coordinator for the Akure zone, accused the federal government of insincerity
- Olufayo also accused the federal government of attempting to blackmail
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the fear of another #EndSARS protest in the country forced the federal government to resume negotiation with its members over the lingering strike.
TheCable reports that while addressing journalists at the campus of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) on Friday, November 7, ASUU coordinator for Akure zone, Olu Olufayo, accused the federal government of insincerity.
Legit.ng gathered that he wondered why the federal government had to wait till the unrest triggered by the recent protest aimed at ending police brutality before resuming negotiation with the union.
Olufayo also accused the federal government of attempting to blackmail, adding that the union will not bow to pressure until its demands are met.
“Our students have stayed at home for too long; they have been at home for almost a year now. Don’t forget we didn’t send them home. We embarked on strike before the advent of coronavirus."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the union accused the government of planning to use hunger as a weapon to weaken its agitation and demands.
It was reported that the ASUU said it is ready to suspend the seven-month-long strike but cannot work on empty stomachs.
The Ibadan zonal coordinator of the union, Prof. Ade Adejumo, made this known on Wednesday, November 4, during a press conference to give an update on the strike action.
In another report, the Taraba State University (TSU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) sought divine intervention on the prolonged strike action embarked by the body.
In a prayer session held at separate grounds on Tuesday, November 3, Christian and Muslim members of the chapter sought celestial control over the crisis that has long pitched varsity lecturers against the federal government.
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