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Open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan

01 September 2013, 12:29 Aic Akwarandu

I write this letter with tears and in consideration of the fact that you are a listening president. I will not fail to commend you on your transformation agenda and just like you will always say, "we may not be where we are going now, but we will surely get there".

You have given Nigeria a breath of fresh air, just like you promised during your campaign. The demands are high, but it will be an ungrateful act if I fail to acknowledge the good works of yours especially in sustaining our growing democracy even when the pressure is high. I also wish to give you credit on the transformation going on the railway transportation sector in Nigeria, power sector, health sector, finance, oil and agricultural sector.

Most of these are aimed at creating employment for the youths and I applaud you on behalf of Imo state University Students and Nigerian Students at large.

On a special note, you may wonder why I did not mention the education sector while commending your tremendous achievements. This is because the education sector which is meant and supposed to receive a first hand treatment is now handled in a third class manner. Mr President, this is indeed not good for the future of this great nation.

Just like Achebe said, "every generation must have something different to offer". Bear it in mind that it will always be on record that it was during your tenure as a President that Nigerian students studying in their home land universities spent so many months at home just because the government failed to revitalise their "past" and give "hope" to their "hopeless" future.

I wish to let you know that Nigerian students can storm Abuja and make the whole FCT riotous and ungovernable for weeks. But these measures we don't want to adopt just because we still have hope and trust in your government. Some of us are dying due to one problem or the other which could have been averted if students were in school.

"An idle mind is a devils workshop". This particular saying which you definitely must have said before I was born is what most Nigerian students are passing through now. This is because, the devil has not only opened a workshop in them, but also a shopping center and a very big construction company where if something is not done to save, the nation may be put in a state of dilemma very soon.

The Academic staff union of universities have tried and they are not making any new demands. Is important to note that you inherited this agreement, but I also know that you were not far from the federal executive council when they were reached. I plead with you as a true Nigerian citizen to see to ASUU's demand and allow us go back to school.

Others have given you ultimatums, but I don't want to. This is because I know that in less than "two weeks" you will act on this issue and we will rejoice. Whereby you fail to do so Mr President, I will have no option than to take the above mentioned "two weeks" as my dear ultimatum.

I also know that this letter will not get to you if Abati or Okupe sees it before you but I pray they don't see it before you because is very important to me. Although those people are your aids, but I advice you to be very careful and remember that everybody in Nigeria can not be your enemy because of "OkuBati" syndrome.

I will not forget to appreciate you for sacking the minister of youth because it was only through his sacking that I noticed he exists. There are still others to sack but am not writing to tell you about them. If that is why am writing, I would have asked you to sack the Education Minister, I would have also asked you to sack minister for state for Education and some other ones whom you know better than I do. But that is not why am writing.

Am writing to plead with you to end this strike as it does no student any good.

I pray in conclusion that the good Lord guide and guard you and also give you the strength to lead this Nation and meet up to ASUU's demand.

Long Live Nigerian Students
Long Live Mr. President
Long Live Fed. Republic of Nigeria

Aluta Continua...


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