Former Military Heads of State, General Abdulsami Abubakar and General Ibrahim Babangida have called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government to end the ongoing strike and save the Nigerian Education sector.
Speaking in Minna on Friday shortly after paying sallah visit to the state governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu at his residence, General Abubakar who first spoke said:
“I believe that strike is a normal issue but I think we are overdoing it in this country because in other developed countries, strike is done within 24 hours aimed at drawing attention to their plight. Nigerians are already feeling the pinch of these strike actions and so government and these strikers should look at how these issues can be resolved immediately.”
According to him, “Government should look into these various issues and demands and address them accordingly regardless of the dwindling resources of the country and similarly, the strikers should also look at the coffers of government and try to be reasonable in their demands.”
On the constant oil theft in the country, General Abubakar said he “looks at the ongoing development as very sad and look at the people as very unpatrotic. To them, they think they are getting their share of the national cake by stealing whereas they are not. I want them to have a rethink and search their conscience and turn a new leaf so that we can have a peaceful and developing country”
He added that “God has joined us together and whether you break Nigeria into pieces, we will still remain joined by our umbilical cord because our umbilical cord is still there and we will continue to live together either as neighbours or as communities.”
In his remarks, General Babangida called on the striking unions to sheath their swords in the interest of the nation.