Opinion: ASUU, Call Off Strike To Honour Late Prince Abubakar Audu by Adabara El-Okene

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“Nelson Mandela once said, education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’’

This is absolutely true, think about a world where everyone is educated or has knowledge; we would not be racists, clannish, or tribalists. We would not hate fellow human beings simply because they are doing better than us, we would not be involving ourselves in many activities that don’t add any value to our lives or other peoples’ lives.

The death of a former governor of kogi state, prince Abubakar Audu, is so painful. His loss is unquantifiable to the academic community in the state. Prince Abubakar Audu met his untimely death on the day he was to declare winner of kogi state governorship election while he was going to deliberate with other stakeholders of APC on how to find a lasting solution to the ongoing economic/political and all other crisis in the state.

My letter is, therefore, addressed to the leadership of ASUU, Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba Chapter.

The easiest way to honour the late Prince Abubakar Audu is to call off the strike without further delay. The ongoing strike had change some lives of students from positive to negative, Some students who were on their way home after the strike were announced were also involved in road accidents, which claimed their lives, while some suffered various degrees of injuries. I also read it in the newspapers recently that some university students were arrested for robbery in Lagos and they laid the blame on the fact that they were doing nothing at home and were lured into armed robbery to keep themselves busy. We should not wait until we witness more havocs before the strike is called off since nobody knows what’s lurking in the corner again. Prince Abubakar Audu has done his best and the university was now renamed after him, although the manner of his death is so painful and tragic.

I, however, believe he would want an end to the strike as soon as possible if he is alive today. As a result, I hope members of ASUU will call for the stakeholders meeting and agree to suspend the strike so that the innocent students will not continue to suffer in vain.

Many have started seen the ASUU ongoing strike as political, since the government was able to paid four months’ salary out of five months owe by the state compare to the secondary school teacher. Enough of ASUU strike.

– Comrade Adabara Abduljelil El-Okene

Advocate of Peace and Justice

Secretary General, Ebira Youths Peace/Educational Development Initiative, Okene, Kogi State. Nigeria.

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