- A professor at the Ibrahim Babangida University has resigned his membership from the Academic Staff Union of Universities
- Professor Mohammed Aliyu-Paiko said his decision followed the recent labelling of colleagues as quacks and irrelevant by the national president of ASUU
- According to the lecturer, Emmanuel Osodeke's outburst has made him lose confidence in his leadership
A Nigerian lecturer, Professor Mohammed Aliyu-Paiko has announced the withdrawal of his membership from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Paiko, a lecturer at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, in an open letter addressed to Emmanuel Osodeke, the national president of ASUU said his decision is a sequel to the “irresponsible and inexcusable” tagging of state universities as quacks and irrelevant.
Osodeke in a recent outburst had earlier described colleagues practising in institutions that have pulled out of ASUU as quacks and irresponsible.
Daily Nigerian reports that reacting to Osodeke's outburst, Paiko has said that the ASUU president's refusal to retract his remarks affects his membership with the union.
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A negative point for colleagues
Further stating that such an outburst from a supposed leader can affect colleagues across the board negatively, Paiko said rather than taking the fall as a leader has continued to blame journalists for his outburst.
“This demonstrates to me the failure of leadership and the peak of insensitivity by someone elected to pilot the affairs of our Great Union. I have thus lost confidence in his leadership.
“Sadly and more pertinently, the IBBUL branch Chairman’s responses to the call for Osedeke to apologise has been greeted by equally irresponsible opinion, suggesting that he shares in Osedeke’s gaffes and does not see anything wrong with them.
“This is a clear breach of the popular ASUU mantra “an injury to one, is an injury to all."
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