Nationwide tragedies: Federal government not doing enough to fight terrorism – ASUU

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
May 7th, 2014

imageThe Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) blasted the federal government over its slow action on the spate of insecurity in the country.

ASUU in a state of the nation address in Abuja, said the government was not doing enough to end the situation, hence it is losing grip of the situation as the insurgents consistently remain bold.

National President of ASUU, Nasir Fagge, said the more the government claims to have tried to curb the insurgency, the more it grows and expands to other frontiers.

“These approach must include socio-economic development and education, crucially the pursuit of a humanistic socio-economic development with the goal of fulfilling the needs of the people, society’s control of the commanding height of the economy,” he said.

ASUU also suggested that government should approach governance with the concept of egalitarianism, and abandon the philosophy of governance “that treats Nigeria as if it were a jungle.”

The ASUU President said Nigerians ought to realise that the issue of Boko Haram is a complex Nigerian problem and not a Northern problem.

Reacting to the recent protest by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), where police personnel used teargas and water to disperse the protesters in Abuja last week, he said such action would not be tolerated in Nigeria as there is no law proscribing peaceful protests.

The union also described the ongoing National Conference as dubious in intent as it is not capable of making substantial progress in obtaining the goal of doing away with structures of domination.

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