Everyone has a right to a university degree, even if it’s in Hamburger Technology. –Clive James
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. –Diogenes LaertiusFejiro Oliver
NewsRescue- For those uncouth MBBS graduates who will be reading this, thus feeling that I heeded to their request to write on the ASUU strike, having written on the Medical strike; this has long been in the pipeline.
As my wife’s youngest brother graduated from one of these private Nigerian universities with smiles on his face, I looked next to me and there sat a young friend of his, who had come to congratulate him, while harboring a gloomy face. I pitied him to his soul, considering what he was going through and what must be going through his mind. Here was a young man who had hoped to graduate before the age of 20 now seeing his dreams crashed of no fault of his–due to the ASUU strike.
That a government duly (s) elected by her people will spend millions of naira on a party convention when her future wavers is definitely an act that only Lucifer could have engineered. What manner of leadership leaves her future in gloom and doom while nurturing the past; a past symbolized by Bamanga Tukur. We are not unaware that Nigeria has one of the most insincere, lying and corrupt leaders, but no one could ever imagine that this presidency will ever be part of such vile endeavor, considering his academic background.
How Nigerians love titles and its holders, a tragic flaw that President Goodluck Jonathan and his band of polithieves worked on during the 2011 general election, drumming into all ears that listen, on how Jonathan will perform to the peak due to his doctoral degree appellation. They brought down the various roofs singing his antecedent as a lecturer who knows the plights of the Nigerian lecturers and students hence will make strike in our ivory institution a thing of the past. They sang it, they wrote it, they shouted it and composed a song with it all in a bid to deceive the masses, and we gullibly believed him. The scales have now fallen off our eyes and we must ask all the necessary questions.
Did Jonathan truly lecture? Did he truly bag a PHD degree and if yes, did he write his thesis by himself just the way many of us did? I sincerely doubt his doctoral certificate and it is time we call for his result to crosscheck this. For the universities to be on strike for three months without any tangible solution to their demands, is tantamount to a nation forfeiting her future. For heaven’s sake, what have the Nigerian universities done to the presidency that he cannot forgive them and address their requests. I smell a rat here. Oh yes; I suspect that President Goodluck Jonathan must have applied to be a lecturer in some of these universities during his struggling days and he was not accepted. Secondly, the Jesus Christ of Okrika, Dame Patience Jonathan might have applied for admission in these universities early in life, but didn’t get their cutoff mark until very late into her early 30s. Thirdly, the university of Port Harcourt may have denied him the first class which he earnestly desired; and now is the payback time to avenge the many ‘atrocities’ done against him and his Lady Macbeth.
We reject ‘there is no money to give to the universities’; we do not agree to Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s strange economic grammar of being financially incapacitated to meet ASUU demands. We just refuse to believe. These lecturers are not speaking what they don’t know, and should in case you forget who they are; they are the erudite men we call professors and dons, who taught you and I to our present level of education. They are the engine that drives the future of our nation, a term you love to use when canvassing for votes. These lecturers are not ‘daft’ like many Nigerians that Okonjo Iweala’s language can deceive. No, they know more than you and your minister of finance combined together, thus when they talk, they speak with facts. These are the very group your minister had an agreement with and now want to renege. It doesn’t work that way.
Let those of us who do not even understand the mathematics of your coordinating minister of economy pretend that we have been ‘deceived’ by her, yet we know that there is a fund reservoir from our excess crude oil. We are telling you to dip your hand in it to give to ASUU. Don’t worry about our economy; we are ready to smoke garri and sleep, believing that the undergraduates will revamp back our economy that you and your generation have raped to coma.
Three months of academic strike is enough to turn a student into a miscreant, especially with the rate of poverty that you have inflicted on their psyche. Their being at home is enough to fulfill the maxim of “an idle mind is the devils workshop” and let no one blame them when they begin to display devilish acts in their various abodes. That is what Jonathan has turned them into. How disappointing that a name that was meant to bring Goodluck to the economic sector has finally turned round to usher in bad luck. How evil it is that a man who once taught in the ivory tower and now had the opportunity to better their lots forever has turned round to stab the very institution he once belong at the back. Truly, your best friend can be your worst enemy.
Like a tale told by a fool, the presidency wants us to believe that they have the interest of Nigerians at heart when each family has a child sitting at home thanks to the over-extended strike. Mr. President, the lecturers are not the losers but the students’, after all they are paid their salaries at the end of the month while the students rot away. That ASUU is on strike while the Minister of education is comfortable instead of resigning or being sacked highlights the weakness of Jonathan. How can ASUU be on industrial action and the minister of education (state) goes about to cause mayhem and havoc in Rivers State, when he should be proffering solution? This just isn’t right!
The sum ASUU is demanding is not truly enough to meet the need of the various universities, yet they have been magnanimous to demand for such chicken sum of money, when the senators and partners in looting, the legislators are allocating millions of jumbo pay to themselves. Were I ASUU, I would be demanding for trillion or isn’t what is good for the geese also good for the gander? You know just how much yourself and other politheivians are staving away for the next elections, s the youths future with no fear of death.
Mr. President, as you battle for your political survival following the two factions in your party, you can bet on , that should you refuse to give in to our almighty ASUU, you will have nailed your political coffin and lowered it to the grave yourself. I need not tell you that ASUU is a fraternity, with loyal members in the society who constitute a great number of voters; should they turn their back on you in this wilderness experience of yours, the political orphanage home will not be enough to accommodate you.
I sincerely pity you in your shoes and I do not envy you, but I pity our children more who are at home due to your lack of presidential guts to tell your ministers what to do, rather they decide for you. Truly, this is not the hallmark of a great leader and I regret to say that you are not one.
And to you ASUU, if the billions you demand for is given to you, who will be held accountable for the failure, should it be mismanaged? Who will be responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the progress of works that the money is meant for? Hope the money will stop thesis’ from lying in your bookshelves and results not being released in time? It is not enough to blame the government and demand for your right without proper things put in place. Nigerians believe in your cause, we believe in your struggle and agitation, but most of all; we believe in the future of our children that you represent. Please do not disappoint us as President Jonathan signs the agreement.
But seriously, I doubt President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s doctoral degree, and I demand to be proved wrong.