ASUU Extends Strike Deadline to February, Says Religious Bodies Plead

ASUU Extends Strike Deadline to February, Says Religious Bodies Plead


The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has extended their strike deadline to February over intervention by Nigerian Religious bodies.

According to the body, they will wait till February for the outcome of the mediatory talks between the federal government and the religious body.

The 50-member Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) which comprises Sultan of Sokoto, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, among other Christian and Muslim leaders, had in the past weeks begged ASUU to allow them to intervene in the situation.

ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodake, while speaking with THISDAY on Saturday said that the union had agreed to wait till February, adding that it has also submitted its position to NIREC which promised to help mediate and resolve the issues.

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“ASUU leadership has agreed to wait till February to give NIREC and other stakeholders enough room to address the union’s grievances,” he said.

Osodeke had disclosed that it took notice of efforts by many patriotic Nigerians both within and outside the country to ensure an amicable resolution of the dispute.

He, however, vowed that the union would resist any attempt to blackmail it and derail its patriotic struggle for a productive university system “by official propaganda founded on tokenism and crumb-sharing”. 

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