Nigeria: Despite three months ASUU strike, lecturers endorse Buhari, say Atiku part of Nigeria’s problems
London, Feb. 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Despite about four months industrial action by the Academic staff union of Universities, ASUU, in Nigeria over poor funding of education, Some lecturers under the aegis of Progressives in Academics (Pro-Acad) have declared support for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Pro-Acad, made up of professors and other members of academics in Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, made the declaration on Wednesday at a press briefing in Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of power
The convener, Prof. Bolarinwa Bolaji, claimed that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, was part of Nigeria’s problems and could not be trusted with power again.
He recalled that Atiku, as the vice president between 1999 and 2007 and chairman of the National Privatisation Council sold national assets to his friends.
While citing a statement by Atiku to privatise the NNPC, the group warned Nigerians against those who sold national assets in the past.
“The people who put us in this mess must not be allowed to come back to power. They obviously have nothing to offer. They had been tested but had been found wanting,” he said.
Bolaji said corruption in the PDP-led administration in Nigeria in 16 years forced multinational companies and industries to relocate from Nigeria to neighbouring countries, partly because of lack of supply of electricity.
“The effect of this relocation is unquantifiable. Millions of Nigerians working in those organisations lost their jobs.”
The group also blamed $2.1bn arms fund diverted by the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) under former President Goodluck Jonathan for the worsening case of insecurity in the country.