The Universities Union of Academic Staff (ASUU) said the federal government, not its members, was responsible for the union’s long-running strike.
It therefore appealed to Nigerians to ask the government when it will sign the agreement reached at the just concluded renegotiation meeting.
AUNTY AMEBO BLOG reported that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on Monday told the striking lecturers to consider the future generation and continue to work, saying “that is enough for students to stay at home”.
He said: “We are waiting for the government after the renegotiation. We haven’t heard anything from them.
“On July 16, 2022, it will be a month since they met us. Nigerians should ask them when they will ask us to come and sign the renegotiation report/agreement.
“After all the promises they made, until July 16, 2022, this month, it will be one month and these young Nigerians are languishing at home doing nothing.
While speaking on their salary that was withheld due to the ongoing strike, Osodeke said it was unnecessary to take the government to court over it, adding that the case would be delayed for years if the union did so.
“On our withheld wages, if we decide to take them to court, they will mock us by getting their smart lawyers and the case will be shelved for years, then it will go to the appeals court.
On an issue that affects our members, this government will go and we will be in court for years,” he said.
Also, the Zone Coordinator, ASUU-Lagos, Zone, Dr. Adelaja Odukoya, in his statement accused the President of insensitivity.
The National Vice-President, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Dr Abdussobur Salaam, also said, “The government itself has been delaying the process of negotiations.
It seems they are comfortable with allowing the strike to linger because there has been no serious commitment to any issues so far.
Government must show more commitment towards resolving the issues that led to the strike.”
Also, the Chairman of ASUU at the Federal University of Minna, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, accused the President of playing psychological games by involving the future generation in his statement.
Meanwhile, human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) on Tuesday also called on Buhari to urgently address the needs of ASUU.
Falana, in a statement made, accused the government of ignoring the warning strikes initially launched by the union.
Efforts to reach the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on the fresh efforts to end the ongoing strike by ASUU proved abortive as messages and calls to his known line were not answered as of the time of filing this report.