ASUU Strike Latest: ASUU Leaders Alledge Threat to Life

The ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Sunday, took another dimension as the union alleged threat to the lives of its leaders nationwide.

In a release signed by the chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of the union, Dr Olusegun Ajiboye, entitled: “ASUU strike: Union leaders go underground,” the ASUU leader alleged that he had received some calls warning him about his role in the strike.

Dr Ajiboye, who called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to save the lives of ASUU leaders nationwide, said no amount of threat or clampdown on the union members will make them back down from the strike until public education is saved from collapse.

According to him, this recent security threat has forced many ASUU leaders to go underground, alleging that many of them had had their phone numbers bugged.

“Apart from the issue of finance, ASUU leaders are now being trailed all over the place. A majority of our union leaders have now gone underground while many have had their telephone lines bugged. Some are now living in fear of their lives,”he said.

Ajiboye, however, noted that ASUU members were not security threat to the nation as against the impression being created by security operatives, adding that as a democratic nation, citizens were guaranteed freedom of association.

He urged the Federal Government to leave its leaders alone and implement the agreements it reached with the union for normalcy to return to university campuses nationwide.

“The position of ASUU is that Nigeria is a democratic country and citizens are guaranteed freedom of association. Members of the union are apprehensive for the lives of their leaders. We urge the government to leave our leaders alone. Our leaders are our servants, we are their principals, they report to us on all matters. Rather than chasing shadows, government is once again called upon to implement the FGN/ASUU 2009 agreement.

Only this will bring members to their classrooms,” Ajiboye stated.

Sources informed the Nigerian Tribune that ASUU executives at the University of Ibadan went underground shortly after last Thursday’s congress held at the premises of the institution while their phones were switched off.

Similarly, the secretariat of the union has been deserted with new security arrangement alleged to have been put in place.

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