Buhari And Aisha Clash Over University, ASUU Kicks
April. 24, 2019
Scholars Without Boundary, SWB, on Wednesday, faulted the position of the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU, on the proposed Muhammadu Buhari University.
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari had during a town hall meeting last Saturday in Yola, Adamawa State, hinted on the possibility of establishing a university in honour of the president.
She had explained that the proposed project would be established in collaboration with partners from Sudan and Qatar.
Reacting, the University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU lamented that the declaration was a sad reminder of Buhari’s continued reduction of budgetary allocation to the education sector since 2015.
Chairman of University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Omole described the proposed university as a joke.
However, SWB, berated Omole’s stance on the yet-to-be-established tertiary institution.
The group said such comment attributed to ASUU should only come from garage urchins and not the academic body.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, the scholars through its president, Ibrahim Taiwo, said it was worrisome that ASUU seems to have abandoned their major responsibilities of contributing their quota to the peace and development of Nigeria to the obsession with frivolities and diversionary irrational debates.
The group advised members of the union ASUU to rather dissipate their energies on productive engagements to assist in the development of Nigeria.
According to Taiwo: “And least of all, to understand that the descent into this appalling level of unseriousness is coming from a section of the academia, which should ordinarily be an assemblage or community of intellectuals is a source of concern to all Nigerians.
“The wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari recently announced at a Town Hall meeting in Yola, Adamawa state, her intention to partner with some foreign investors to establish a private university to be named after her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“This revelation sparked indefinable outrage in a section of ASUU, which meaninglessly condemned and pooh-poohed the idea, advancing very flimsy reasons. First, they wrongly aligned the idea of a private university from private investors as conflicting with the public office held by President Buhari.
“The chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (UI-ASUU) Professor Deji Omole, termed it a disaster and proceeded to slate the Federal Government of Nigeria over the proposed plan of a private university which will adopt the nomenclature of President Buhari.
“In another interview, ASUU’s former national treasurer, Professor Ademola Aremu somewhat insanely advised Mrs. Buhari to influence policies in education for the President Buhari’s administration to revitalize public-funded education because universities are proliferated in the country.
“The arguments by both Omole and Aremu are fluid, childish and incendiary. It only reminds of the motor-park wisdom the Late Chief Lamidi Adedibu applied in running the political leadership of Oyo state behind the scenes.
“Or how else, could one strike a nexus between establishment of a private university and its bearing with the Federal Government outside the approval for license? How does it conflict with public universities? Would the proposed university be funded with public funds? What is really the grouse of Omole and Aremu?
“Hajia Aisha Buhari is not a government appointee under the government of President Buhari and she has not even the remotest connection or influence with government business. How does Professor Aremu expect her to officially influence policies in education?
“Its safe to assume, Aremu and his co-travellers pass off as part of the offspring in the office Adedibu left behind at Ibadan Motor park as legacy. These gentlemen ought to be aware that Mrs. Buhari is even stripped of the informal, bogus and influence-peddling appellation of
“First Lady of Nigeria,” and this detachment is reason she is simply addressed with the prefix,” Wife of the President.”
“To put it bluntly, the duo’s personalized criticisms of a proposed private university to be named after President Buhari, which they coat with the garments of ASUU is an assault on the sensibilities of Nigerians. None of the arguments projected against it is matured or sensible.
“For academics to argue in this manner is disgraceful to Nigeria’s intellectual community, because silence would have been more golden. We fear these so-called varsity dons didn’t even pass their own JAMB to have become lecturers and harbingers of knowledge. We suspect these are intellectual touts and not academics.
“Regardless of whatever the likes of Omole and Aremu feels, and the hatred they delight in expressing against President Buhari, Nigeria has known him as a rare leader, unquestionably incorruptible and a leader with integrity. He is committed to the redemption and repositioning of Nigeria to an enviable height. His scorecard in public leadership cannot be obviated by the primordial and cynical thoughts of these dons.
“For a section of ASUU to begrudge the initiative of Buhari’s wife to partner with foreigners to establish and name a private university after him is a glaring attempt to provoke Nigerians. This is a private investment and the investors are not prohibited by any law in the land to give the university any name of their choice.
“We advise these ASUU members to dissipate their energies on productive engagements to assist in the development of Nigeria. ASUU leadership should be more concerned with cleaning up the mess they have senselessly deposited in the university system in Nigeria through incessant feuds and strikes at the detriment of students.
“ASUU leadership should be more worried with how they have turned university campuses into shrines for breeding corruption and other forms of debaucheries such as sex- for- marks, rape of female students, poor proclivity for academic researches, plagiarism, promotion of the culture of handouts, and citadels of learning where lecturers go on strike even when their wives deny them of sex in order to create platforms of blaming government for fallen standards of education.”