Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24 Nigeria. The stories here come from users.


In defence of the ASUU strike

08 November 2013, 09:45 Ayokunle Adeleye

 Resolved: ASUU strikes are utterly ineffective, totally uncalled for, profoundly senseless, and the students are always the only victims.

Defence: It is no news that the Academic Staff Union of Universities

(ASUU) had for the past three years embarked on shorter, warning, strikes over the non-implementation of its Agreement with the Federal Goverment (FG) with the general public- and market women- haplessly looking on and seemingly enjoying the show; after all, silence means consent. Finally, the perpetual stimulus has reached threshold potential and the whole nation runs amok over a long-foreseen and imminent tetanic contraction.

Where was the Senate during those calmer, but innoculating, times when ASUU yelled and none responded. Wasn't this the same Senate that would rather cut off our petroleum product subsidy than starve their obese allowances?

 Now that ASUU has thrown away its hearing aid we blame her for a deafness we all share(d), a deafness we stubbornly refused to acknowledge before now. Did we not know that following prior innoculation the (immune) response tended to be faster, stronger and of longer duration? Did we think all was well with our ailing varsities and the half-baked, hardly employable, products they churned
out- overcrowded and antiquated ovens that they have become?

Alas! It is now that we realise that the guillotine is not the cure for the hailing head. The FG can spend N350m to renovate a residence (of the permanent representative to the UN, we are told) but our universities can rot for all they care! And ASUU must not go on industrial action? Then who will?- and what will?

If U don't want strike then what do U want? Silence? Mona Lisa
attitude: sad and smiling; suffering and smiling? That we Nigerians have been known for the world over- and for a long time now? Dialogue?
Who, in their right minds, would dialogue with a blind government- blinded to and by corruption in unthinkable quarters and to unspeakable depths? Or why would an elected official hide behind bullet-proof doors if not to hide his/her stench from the malnourished polity s/he has lived off, an undying parasite that s/he is?

And why would a governor deny his own country, his own people, legal import duty on the wealth he extracted from us anyway? And now that he perceives we're wasteland we must not benefit from his huge purchase- nor must our professionals be employed on it. Greed. Greed. Greed. And greed! But the river that forgets its source shall soon dry.

Alas, in Nigeria, your rights are not pre-ordained; you fight till you are reckoned with. That's the Nigeria we've come to see. (A Nigeria where 16 trumps 19 in a majority vote. Where Governors enjoying constitutional immunity cannot meet peacefully without invasive Police interruption in their lodges. Where ordinary Nigerians cannot assemble to protest unfavourable FG policies- and inactions on corrupt
purchases- without pervasive military occupation in our streets.) # So, if ASUU hadn't gone on this strike would the Almighty Bros J- the other, human, J- meet with them for 13 hours?

 If U think that's a Yes, why then did it take him 4 whole months? Not to be missed is the fire-brigade approach- typical of Nigeria, alas not only in Sports-: a lingering, festering, 4-month-old strike was to be called off in the twinkling of an eye when the Paramount Ruler would not bat his eyelid for 123 days- just because he has finally said so!

Nigeria we hail thee...

Oh, and to say that all students are the victim(s) of this strike will be to commit the famous Fallacy of Composition: Alas, not all students are jobless- and joblessly roaming about the streets- some of us have actually taken this time-out to try our hands in some business or the other, learn a trade, or practise our calling and sharpen our skills.

Life is tough, life is a competition; and strikes are just one of those volcanic eruptions by which the strong and sturdy are separated from the weak and feeble!

Perhaps another are those election violence we have to be part of because our (literal) grandfathers still wallow in politics and will not just dive in and be meals for the fish. They'd rather we wear life.

vests- riddled with the holes of their mischief- and dive in to save their sinking, stinking, political careers. So they can be President or Governors, and Senators, and Honourables at all cost- human lives not exempted!

Everything aforesaid is in my opinion, as is this: Anyone older than the country Nigeria has no business whatsoever ruling in whatever capacity. We've had enough of you; you've over-stayed your (stolen) welcome.

An actor leaves the stage when the ovation is loudest, to stay a second longer is for, in the words of the immortal Tai Solarin which I will undoubtedly jumble up, the housefly to meet the toileting bushman yet toileting. ? l? s?´mp?´. Una don try. Au revoir!

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...