Sagamu, Ogun Nigeria
Again on the ASUU Strike.
(ASUU: Academic Staff Union of Universities) by Ayokunle Adeleye
There are hints, yes, insinuations, that the President, if ASUUrejects
his next (perhaps, last) offer, will forcefully open the Universities-
and perhaps Polytechnics, since ASUP is also on strike.
I'm forced to ask (myself), Can that happen? Will he drag the
lecturers back to class or will he teach us himself?- I
particularlylook forward to a lecture on Schistosomiasis since
he had a shoeless
But I answer my own question from my recollection of national
events amere score and two months ago when he let soldiers
loose on ourstreets and shut down our (peaceful) protests
against the petroleumproduct subsidy cut. Can he do that
again? Can't he?
Only the weeks ahead will tell. But if history is anything to
go by,we have a President who resorts to force once he feels
he's at thewall. We've wondered if his is a pseudo-military
regime. We just mightget the answer soon enough-
As I pray it wrong the opinion that "the only lesson men learn
fromhistory is that men learn nothing from history", I also
pray that ourPresident doesn't have the Biblical Jonathan's
temper- or feel atwall, hands on throat and choking away. For
we know how that ends.
Or do we now? With our colonial masters wondering just what to
do withus, corrupt and rather corruption-ridden- and our
rather enticingresources. With the former President tactfully
silent- and silentlytact. With the Military yet waiting on the
lord- and renewing theirstrength.