Our Universities Can’t Withstand Another Strike, Academic Staff Must Embrace Peace – President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) leadership that instead of going on strike, they should always engage in dialogue.
The President, who was represented by Prof Ignatius Onimawo, remarked during his presentation at the University of Ilorin’s 36th Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, October 23, that Nigerian universities cannot afford another strike because of the time wasted due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Buhari claimed that nobody ever benefits from a crisis, and that the government alone cannot handle all of society’s problems.
“Let me also use this opportunity to appeal to members of the academic staff of our universities to embrace peace.
“They should realise that dialogue is always better than conflict. No one gains from crisis. While government alone cannot solve all challenges facing a society, this administration is willing to listen to complaints and alternative points of views to managing a situation.
“The university system cannot withstand any crisis now considering the time it had lost to Coronavirus pandemic.”
Universities, according to the President, have such a part to play in the fight against the Coronavirus epidemic.
“I expect our universities to conduct researches targeted at discovering an antidote to it. Universities are expected to focus their research on challenges facing our societies and find practical solutions within the context of national development.
“I therefore challenge the Universities to give their best in the fight against this common and unrelenting enemy of humanity. I enjoin our researchers to collaborate among themselves and look forward to bringing an effective solution to this medical challenge.
“The nation expects University of Ilorin to play a leading role in the research efforts to develop Covid 19 in Nigeria.
“The nation expects nothing less from the Nigerian University system.”