The Adamawa State University (ADSU) Integrity Forum on Wednesday called on the leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ADSU chapter to rise above petty squabbles and partisanship and stop misleading the university community “with blatant falsehood, propaganda and misinformation to serve ulterior motives.”
Reacting to the latest desperation by some of the members that call themselves unionists to the core, the group said it is very mischievous to attribute to a young investigative journalist who visited the university to carry out his constitutionally recognized duty the nomenclature -“a sectional journalist.”
Any honest advocacy for academic excellence, the group said, should not include distortion of facts and a misrepresentation of what the Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr. Moses Zaruwa, has not done.
According to the group leader Mohammed Zakari, it is misleading to invent issues to suit one’s political bias and prejudice, and blame the Vice Chancellor for not attending to those issues within one’s mischievous and chimerical deadline in order to play down the significant aspects of what the VC has accomplished within the few months he has been in office.
He said that the Ex-Officials of ASUU cannot objectively serve the cause of unionism if they are primarily preoccupied with negativity, cynicism and sycophancy, constantly looking for something to condemn rather than appreciating the areas of progress made by Dr. Zaruwa-led management within these few months.
He noted that anybody or any group that focuses on negativity at the expense of objectivity would never see any good in the appreciable and significant progress made by the VC.
Mohammed explained that no sincere and fair-minded ADSU community members would refuse to recognise the courage of the VC to take on some of the decadence in a community where impunity was once celebrated.
According to him, within the past few months, the VC has successfully blocked the leakages for corruption, saying as a result of these efforts, the IGR of the university has quadrupled its revenue base to incredible levels within this time frame, something the leader they worship didn’t achieve in a year.
“Doesn’t the VC deserve credit for this and other efforts to confront the monster of corruption?” Mohammed asked.
He recalled that the VC had inherited a university in crisis, something he didn’t bargain for, and that it would be unfair to blame him for not fixing it within these few months.
He said: “He is making good strides towards improving the academic standard of the institution, by tackling the rot in the whole system.
“It is amazing to see here at the community, some individuals are not prepared to give these successes the recognition they deserve.
“The latest episode of some ex officials of ASUU is a shocking reminder to their failed attempt to stampede the VC out of office which disastrously crashed on the head of the proponent. The elevation of the act to a new height of slanderous remark made by some of these felons is a knee-jerk reaction that seeks to play to the galleries and score cheap points against the VC. This is a clear case of solution looking for problem,” he stated
Zakari also called on the investigative journalist being threatened by Ishaku Molem of the University not to treat the matter with levity, stating that Molem’s outburst against the journalist is unfortunate and ill conceived, calling on the security agencies to investigate the case to a logical conclusion.
It has also come to our knowledge that the so called union members threatened anybody seen speaking the truth on contending issues in the university.
It will be recalled that a journalist with Indigo newspaper raised alarm last week that one Molem Ishaku of Adamawa State University called to threaten him that he should not step his foot in the university again, threatening to report the journalist to their national body of ASUU.
If one may ask is the NUJ a branch of ASUU now or it is a display of desperation by Molem Ishaku to scare the journalist away from the institution, it has never been the tradition of the president of ASUU to threaten any journalist how on earth will Molem Ishaku who is an ex official of ASUU in ADSU openly threatened a journalist?
We call on the Inspector General of Police and the State commissioner of Police in Adamawa state to invite Molem Ishaku for questioning.
Meanwhile, we express our gratitude to our amiable Governor, His Excellency Umaru Jibrilla Bindow for transforming the state and the commissioner for Higher Education Hon. Ahmed Rufai for his support for the tertiary institutions in the state.
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