By JOHN ONAH, Abuja
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Wednesday blamed the federal government for her inability to anticipate, manage and control the crisis rocking the nation which led to wanton loss of lives and properties.
Briefing Newsmen in Abuja tagged “State of the Nation: Time to end the drift”, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi said while members of the union like millions of other patriotic Nigerians watched helplessly the endless drifts that characterized the governance since the return to civilian rule in 1999, it is high time to act.
According to him, Nigerians had hoped for socio-economic opportunities that would improve their deplorable conditions but these hopes have been dashed and that the hope for any meaningful change in the near future appears bleak and bleaker each passing day.
On the farmers-pastoralists conflict, ASUU said that the federal government must take responsibility for failure to anticipate, manage and control the crisis.
“Government handling of the issue has fallen far short of protecting certain constitutional provisions on fundamental human rights”.
In particular, Ogunyemi accused government of failure to enforce section 17 (2b) of the Nigerian constitution which states that the sanctity of the human person shall be recognized and human dignity shall be maintained and enhanced.
He therefore condemned in totality the unjustified and unjustifiable loss of lives and property arising from unwarranted conflicts.
The union also condemned in strong terms, those hiding behind the farmers and pastoralists to incite the poor to mutual destruction and called on the federal government to deal in accordance with the law with all those those who are established to have sponsored or committed such heinous crimes against fellow citizens.