An educationist and leader of Champions For Christ Ministry, Asaba, Delta State, Rev. Samuel Akpan-Isong, has blamed the Federal Government for failing to resolve the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, two months after it started.
In an interview with The Tide’s source, in Asaba, Akpan-Isong said Nigerian leaders are not committed to the Nigeria project because they send their children to foreign institutions.
The priest accused leaders of not being interested in resolving ASUU crisis because they don’t have children in Nigerian schools.
“They are only interested in winning elections and thereafter ignore the development of the nation”, he said.
He described as very pathetic the fact that ASUU had been on strike and children had not been in school, yet leaders were talking about elections.
“I will like to submit that if anyone wants to be a leader in this country, his educational pursuit and that of his children should be here. His investment and wealth should be in Nigeria.
“Those leaders doing contrary and sending their children to foreign schools do not have faith in Nigeria and as such I do not see them as leaders”, he stated.
There was tension in parts of Benin City on Wednesday as students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) and the state-owned Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma (AAU) took to the streets to demand an end to the ongoing strike.
The students, in a peaceful protest, urged President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to meet the demands of ASUU, saying the strike by the varsity lecturers was affecting their studies.
Speaking for the protesters, Foster Amadin, President, Students Union Government, UNIBEN, said the strike was frustrating the dreams of Nigerian students.
“We have stayed at home for over 79 days. The truth is we are not for ASUU neither are we fighting for or against anybody, all we know and all we want is to go back to our classes.”
Idiahi Thomas, an official of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), berated the Federal Government team involved in ASUU negotiation, saying: “As it is, Nigerian students are at home while leaders are busy purchasing forms for over a N100m; an amount presidents of other countries cannot earn constitutionally throughout their tenures”, he said.