The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, (SSANU) has blamed the nation’s service chiefs for the growing insecurity in the country, saying they have failed to live by their oath of office to protect the lives of Nigerians and has therefore failed in their duty.
Speaking at the opening of the National Executive Council meeting of the union, National President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke said it is unfortunate that security agents often showed up after those he described as merchants of death have finished their operation.
He said though the federal government would say that the country was not at war, the union believe that with the incessant killings of innocent people, Nigeria was virtually at war, saying “Nigerian government sees itself not being at war, but to us, Nigeria is at war. The way people are being killed every day is worse than anywhere there is war.
“SSANU is appealing to the Federal Government for the Service Chiefs to sit up. SSANU believes that the Service Chiefs have failed to maintain peace and security.”
On the political scene, the SSANU National President cautioned politicians to be mindful of their actions in order not to set the country on fire, saying “the leadership of various political parties should be very cautious. They should warn their members to desist from using thuggery to achieve their aims. We believe democracy has come to stay in Nigeria and people should play the game according to the rules.”
The union also said it was not comfortable with the frosty relationship between the executive and the leadership of the National Assembly, stressing that the no love lost relationship tells a bad story about the nation’s democracy.
“A situation where the mace will be snatched in the chamber during plenary does not tell good about the democracy. The National Assembly should be allowed to do there job and the executive should also be allowed to do its job.”
He told the National Assembly to without further delays pass the 2018 budget and also advised the federal government to always obey court orders, noting that the ongoing strike embarked by health workers was as a result of the government not keeping to agreements and not also obeying court orders.
The union commended the Federal Government for the removal of tuition fees in federal universities but also advised the government to look into other charges in the university amounting about N100,000.
“It is commendable that government has acted this way, SSANU commends the Federal Government for the abolition of tuition fees but they should go further than this, there are other fees that are being paid up to N100,000.”
Ugwoke said it was impossible for the poor parents with the N18,000 minimum wage to meet up with the academic demands of the children and asked federal government “to look into other fees paid in federal universities so that the Children of the poor will be able to attend federal universities.”