A former chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Port Harcourt Branch, Dr Austen Sado, has labelled the call for the union’s ban as absurd and ludicrous.
Sado who said this during an interview with The Punch expressed shock over the ban call, adding that it shows the dilemma of leadership Nigerians had to endure.
A member of the National Caucus of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Sam Nkire, had asked the Federal Government to consider banning ASUU.
Nkire alleged that the union had stifled the development of tertiary education and was “trying to bring the government and the society to its knees.”
Further describing Nkire’s act as an exhibition of ignorance, the former ASUU chief said, “I am shocked to my marrow that a party leader could say this. To suggest that a way to solve a problem caused by the government’s irresponsibility is to ban a group of people that are asking the government to do the right thing is absurd.
“I have never been shocked by any exhibition of ignorance to that extent. That tells you the quality of leadership in Nigeria. It tells you the thinking behind our developmental quest.
“This person went to school and understands what is required to fund education so that you can enhance and equip your people for developmental purposes, and you think that the way to achieve that is to silence a group of people that are holding you accountable to your irresponsibility. Nothing could be more absurd and irrational than that,” he said.