Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, says the problem in the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in respect to its ongoing strike is because of “irresponsible rascals who are elected into office, especially in the National Assembly and state Houses of Assemblies”.
Naija News reports that the former lawmaker made this comment during an interview with Daily Post where he noted that the insane salaries” of members of the National Assembly and State House of Assemblies will continue to cause “unrest” in ASUU and other labour bodies in Nigeria.
This online news platform recalls that the union commenced its current strike on November 4, 2018, with the leadership of the union and Federal Government representatives meeting on several occasions to put an end to the lingering strike but to no avail.
Reacting to the ongoing strike in an interview with Daily Post, Mohammed said the issue of industrial action will hunt Nigeria because the president has refused to stop the high salaries and allowances of lawmakers.
His words: “If you look at this ASUU people, they had more strike under Obasanjo and others than Buhari but I think the average Nigerian students are sick and fed up with ASUU, I don’t believe about anybody in ASUU.
“The whole problem we have in ASUU and the Labour-union generally has to do with the irresponsible rascals who are elected into office, especially in the National Assembly and state Houses of Assemblies because clearly, these people don’t worth their remuneration, they offer no services and most of them are absentee members, most of them are irredeemable quacks.
“Let me tell you, the average legislature in Nigeria today has certificate from the United States, several numbers of cars, now what the hell are they doing with these. They do whatever they like under the claim of constituency all allowances.
“I think the characters around Buhari like Abba Kyari, Mamman Daura, Babagana Kingibe who make up the cabal have not been bold to tell him to put his foot down and say no to some of this nonsense.
“Now if a leader is confident of its legitimacy, it should be able to say no when other arms of government come making demands, not in the national interest. As long as he continues to give members of the National Assembly house rent and insane salaries, there will continue to be unrest in the Nigerian Labour union because we are not doing the correct thing both morally and otherwise,” he added.