ASUU strike: Parents, youths waiting for 2023 to express anger, pains — FG told
The Middle Belt Movement for Justice and Peace, MBMJP, has stated that Nigerian parents and youths will demonstrate their anger, pain, and disappointment in 2023 over the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government’s inability to resolve the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, strike.
According to the organization, Nigerians have long recognized that the APC administration does not care for Nigerian youngsters, as seen by the government’s apathy to the strike in the country’s public colleges.
The Convener of the MBMJP, Joe Bukka, was on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ this weekend, reacting to the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo’s comments on the ASUU strike.
Among other things, the Minister stated that “the nation cannot grind to a halt because we want to take care of the demands of ASUU. Let’s go to more critical issues while I am here. “
Bukka stated that the Minister’s remark demonstrated that the APC-led Federal Government was not interested in listening to ASUU and was also unconcerned about the situation of Nigerian youths.
He said: “How can a minister speak to Nigerians in such a manner about a strike that has left Nigerians angry and agitated. He was only insulting the sensibilities of Nigerians when he said the government did not have the money to meet the demands of ASUU.
“But the government had money to donate to Afghanistan and also purchase exotic cars for the Niger Republic. This is a government that found it expedient to have a rail line run from Nigeria to the Niger Republic; a government where an individual took close to N100 billion, yet the government does not have money to meet the demands of ASUU.
“We are not surprised; we have not forgotten that this same government tagged our youths as lazy youths. This is a government that has made life unbearable for Nigerians through bad policies that have plunged Nigeria’s into unimaginable poverty.
“He was trying to compare a clueless government that has destroyed all the gains previous administrations made that stabilized our economy, to the Goodluck Jonathan administration. Maybe he does not know that Nigerians want this APC government to take us back to where they found us in 2015.
“The Minister cannot pretend that he does not know that Nigerians are all regretting voting this APC government into power in 2015. He should realize that we are all Nigerians and that we know that the day of reckoning is coming.
“They can continue to treat the ASUU strike with much indifference because their children are not in public universities, but they must also realize that 2023 is fast approaching.”
“Nigerians are waiting eagerly to demonstrate their anger, pains, and disappointment towards this government with their votes. This administration has hurt Nigerians and the people are wounded, the earlier they realize that, the better for those functionaries who come on television to exhibit their bravado instead of being sober for the maladministration that is staring us in the face as a nation.”