ASUU Warned Police and Army Against
- Students Protests
The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU),Lagos Zone has called on both the Nigerian
Army and Police to rein-in their officers with trigger happy disposition towards
popular protests, particularly legitimate protest of students.
This was stated in a press release by the Zonal Coordinator ,Comrade Adelaja Odukoya that in view of the ongoing protests forced upon students who have been out of their classrooms as a consequence of government insensitivity for more than three months now of ASUU strike.
Adelaja said that the Army and Police have constitutional responsibilities to protect and not attack, maim or brutalise protesting students across the country.
“There is more than enough pains, anguish and bloodshed in the land on account of government failure even to allow security indiscretion to cause the death of a single student will be unconscionable and unacceptable,he added
He notes that it is not surprising that a government has been accustomed and happy with students passivity and indifference to the criminal neglect and inadequate funding of our universities cannot but be shocked and angered by the new progressive and constructive awakening of Nigerians struggling to join force with our Union and compel government to live up to it responsibilities for the education of Nigerian youths.
This patriotic action of the Nigerian students is highly commendable and gives us hope for our beloved country.
ASUU is in solidarity with, and have been monitoring the mass protest by
students across the country which have been very peaceful, orderly and
coordinated. We therefore urge the Police with sister agencies to issue
stringent directives of caution to their operatives who have made two to three
attempts at attacking students in order to avoid unnecessary accidents.
Adelaja points that there was an attempt to crush students with Army van today at the gate of University of Ibadan (UI) it’s shameful, in condemnable and disgraceful. It seems the security operatives are yet to learn a good lesson from the #EndSARS revolts.
“It cannot be overemphasized that students, like all citizens, have fundamental rights to protest as enshrined in our Constitution.
ASUU Lagos Zone salutes our students for their steadfastness and resolute
struggle to get the Federal Government to adequately fund education at all
levels. With more organizing and collective actions, by the students, parents, civil societies and other stakeholders victory will surely come!
Dare to struggle, dare to win!