The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has been questioned by the Presidency about the ongoing strike.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Publicity, questioned why ASUU was grabbing the President by the neck over a contract that his government had not signed. Shehu recalled that the disputed agreement was signed by the previous Federal Government in 2009.
Shehu, who appeared on the Channels Television program Politics Today, asserted that the Buhari administration is unable to fully satiate their demands. He acknowledged that other areas of the nation's economy require the Federal Government's attention.
Shehu contends that because the military needs weapons to combat terrorists, the government cannot focus solely on ASUU. According to him, the president of Nigeria has the right to make an appeal on behalf of Nigerians because the strike has been ongoing for at least six months.
Is it proper for someone to demand to be compensated in full for all of their complaints? Remember that the 2009 agreement with the then-government, which they are unable to fulfill and have transferred from one government to another, is what is to blame for this issue.
Therefore, we might wonder: Why is Buhari being attacked? What occurred previously? Why did they not suffocate the previous administrations over these issues? Our main concern is that.
"The Federal Government has presented a lot of information. I want to know if the Federal Government will comply with all ASUU demands.
Other areas of the economy are also crying out for attention. For example, the military needs weapons and firearms to combat terrorism. We must investigate other economic sectors.
"We are about to turn the corner and all these problems are about to be resolved," the minister of state for education assured. I hope it ends soon because we have previously reached this point.
They should be convinced to resume their studies because they have family and community leaders on their side. Then, any outstanding issues can be discussed.
This comes after Buhari urged the academic community to take students' futures into account and end the ongoing industrial action.