#ASUUPROTESTS! PRESS RELEASE from Raymond Nkannebe

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TOWARDS BRINGING THE ONGOING ASUU STRIKE TO AN END; THE INDISPENSABLE ROLE OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS.

It is now so glaring that the lingering ASUU strike has refused for reasons one cannot comprehend, to abate. The more we cast our hopes to a lasting solution in the shortest time, the more the problem continue to deteriorate and even more saddening, the more our future continue to fritter away at the hands of those whose generation are no doubt far better than ours.

Sequel to the foregoing, our gentility and civility has been tried more than enough. Despite having allowed both government and the leadership of ASUU to find a common ground and resolve the dispute between them, yet it seems its either the leadership of ASUU are bent on holding the nation to ransom using the destiny of students as a bargaining power or, that the government have sworn to deprive us of our fundamental right – education – for reasons, we cannot fathom.

But are we going to allow these people, to steal into our future? Should we continue to fold our hands and watch like morons while the fools who parade themselves as our leaders continue to do injury to our today and our unknown tomorrow? Are we not already tired of being the turf on which this macabre dance between the Government and ASUU is held? What was our sin, other than that by the accident of providence we were born into this part of the world? Isn’t the future ours? Why then has the government refused to make it a better one for us? Can they compare our university days to their own? Were they not home to the best learning environment and academic condition? Why have they chosen to deny us of having just a little of what they had in their own days? Is it not a case of sheer wickedness?

But in all of it, what have we done? Have we shown any commitment on our part? We call ourselves “Great Nigerian Students”. Do we even know what greatness is about? If we do, how have we shown by our actions that indeed we are great? True some of us have tried in one way or the other to show that we are pained and short changed, but many of us have thrown in the towel and have allowed despots to lay claims to the most important tool of our civilization-Education and we have unconsciously done so, by our inactions and omissions. Having said that, are we also going to allow them to get away with this latest crime? No, we must do something. We must rise and allow these scales to be sequestered from our eyes. If a spell has been cast on us, we must stand up and denounce whoever may have been responsible for that.

What happened to the revered spirit of ALUTA? Where is our umbrella body NANS? Where are our diverse student union leaders in the various state and federal campuses? Perhaps they have gone cold like black coals in the harmattan. What happened to their voices? And for the few who have been able to come out clean with their voices, how have we helped them to shout even louder? These are serious questions begging for serious answers. If the strike has lingered this far, I am beginning to believe that it is because we have allowed it to. Why and how You may ask? – By our inactions and refusal to stand up and reclaim what is ours.

Only a week ago, a student was deported in France; those of us who followed the story know what became of the entire nation. The students in their numbers almost brought that country to a halt and drew the attention of the world. That is what students are renowned for. Little Yousafzei Malala, the Pakistani girl, fought for the right of the girl child to education in Pakistan. All we do is read about them and block our head to learn a thing or two from their bravery or even repeat the feat here. No. we so much love our lives. We fear the men in uniform more than we fear God. We are more interested in things so mundane and have in that process lost everything we stand for and have been taken for toothless baboons. We sulk I must say and I am sorry to say that.

Shall we allow this madness to continue? It seems many of us still don’t know that in the current world, it is only in Nigeria that students will be shut out of schools for four whopping months and that society or that nation continues to work. Its leaders continue to live as though, fortune has rather smiled on the nation. It is only here in Nigeria that we talk but always lacking in the will to walk our talk. The little time when our spirit is willing, our love for the flesh makes our body weak like people who have just ran a marathon. If we continue in this way, our future will be the darkest in the history of this nation. But no, we must do something. What then?

I enjoin each and every one of us to join the ASUU PROTESTS across the social media especially on facebook and on twitter. Many of us are available on that space and for those who aren’t, we can always tell them verbally. We need to gather all the momentum we need across this medium before we go out to the streets and be heard. We have remained silent for too long enough that I wouldn’t blame anyone who takes our silence for stupidity. Our population is monstrous. Our target is a one million student’s march on a date to be communicated the moment our numbers reach our estimated height. Our vehicle is the Social Media. It is a tool with which we can utilize to change our society; little wonder many have said that it may yet change Africa. True we lack access to the old media moreover; our target audience is barely represented there.

We shall be assigning leaders across all the states of the federation to direct the forthcoming National March. We are not out to disrupt the public peace or do violence to anybody or organization. On the contrary, we just want to be heard loud and clear saying and chanting, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”. This is not the time to give in to fears and despondency. We are on a struggle to re-claim and restore our relevance and also be factored into the equation of this comatose of a nation. I am ready to do it; I am ready to put my life on the line for this cause. I am ready to take that bullet but the greater question is: when I am gone, will you have the nerve and the onions to pick up from where we have stopped and continue with the struggle? That is the biggest question. There is no struggle without tears and that feeling of giving up, so ours will not and cannot be an exception but winners are those who never allow themselves to be drowned by their inner voices. We must not be trapped by any dogma.

The official twitter handle is @ASUUprotests and the hash tag is #ASUUPROTESTS. Let us get on the train and from there organize ourselves and chart out our winning formation. There is no gain saying the fact that our National or umbrella body-NANS have sold their mandate and have eaten the biblical Esau porridge but we must let them know that it is our interest they represent and their mandate comes from our individual votes and when they cease to be our representatives for parochial gains, we must show them that it is in our hands that their legitimacy lies and not some sort of natural, imprescriptible or inalienable rights conferred on them by Nature.

Our target and goal is to re-claim back our education from those who are bent of taking it away from us in the brightness of the sun. If we were once blind, we are no longer blind. And if we are no longer blind, then we must act like a people who still have the pristine advantage of their eyes. Join me as we take on this struggle and how great is our distress and the burden that lies ahead of us, until it is over.

Nkannebe Raymond is a writer and a Law student in the University of Maiduguri. He shares some of his thoughts on twitter via @yung_silky

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8 comments

  1. I commend ur courage but I think you re acting out of some little ignorance here or u are jst trying to earn some fame very fine u have analyzed dat they enjoyed better eductional conditions than we are however is it only this present Government that is responsible for the collapse the answer is no, they have been many other administrations both militry nd civilians who did not care what happened to our educational sector and allowed it to get as bad as it has study carefully make research and see that GEJ remains so far the only president that is poised to do something bout dis whole issue ind sector in his tennure he has had allocation to education almost doubled since 2010, now having said that let us consider the present occurances in the country where monthly allocations to states have been dwindling does this not point out that the govt cannot do magic in d edu sector bcos we can’t afford it? also ask ur self wat is d sacrificethat asuu re making 4us if not for their own selfish intrests they have kept us at home for close to 4months labelling the govt irresponsible read d senate presidents speech yesterday nd see wat he said abt the 2009 agreement. it is totally unpracticable finally if Asuu loves nigeria nd students dey shud try nd reason a solution wit D govt nd return to class cos to me they av already drawn attention enuf nd no one is goin 2 play wit dem again in actual sense to be sincere wit u we Nigerian students are gointo Revolt against ASUU soon u jst watch nd see I urge to make ur research properly nd see that in d end the govt is doin as much as they cud 4 considering the economy development of any sector cannot come spontaneously else other sectors will collapse. Pls like I said I appreciate ur courage but if any one needs to be talked to its ASUU who are bein insensitive right now

  2. Hmmm this is a very lovely article and I sure would commend you for the effort.

    It is not in my style to oppose anyone, buy I must say “concerned student” you will have TL do proper research one more time.

    I will only say based on Assu condition as that is my area of focus. The Asuu strike has lasted for almost 4 months yet other activities of the nation involving money allocations are still in progress. The money the Government allocates to irrevalant projects are well enough to reach the terms Asuu placed.

    Watching the News everyday, you will see how much the country claims to invest on projects which of no importance as am concerned to the Nation but they ere unable to reach the point if agreement to what is seen as the pillar of Good Nigeria in Years to come. If Education is important to the Government I think something would have been done long ago.

    I don’t blame asuu one bit. Why? That is because they are doing the right thing of not wanting to fall victim of foolishness anymore. I’d you have been following this Asuu Government Agreement, you would have notice in the past with the Government actions that they probably have no regerds,respect for both students and teachers as well. They trick Asuu and Nans and after a situation is resolved, they refuse to Play their own part.

    I think that is what Asuu wants to put to an end because if they do not do it this way, and it enters the hand of another Regime it will be a project from scratch again.

    Here I will. Rest my case. The Government should stop being stubborn and Greedy and Give in to Asuu terms

    Say no to Cheating and Say yes to Education.

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