A background is required, and one short sentence will do: you have been at home for more than three months.
Why do you think this is the case? I will tell you why; it is because you are not a variable anyone has considered seriously in this stalemate; because you have gone to sleep. There is no question that the federal government is not treating this ASUU(Academic staff Union of Universities) strike matter with urgency, at least not the same urgency with which it seems to be attempting to solve the crisis in the ruling Peoples’ Democratic party. On the flip side of the coin, ASUU seems to have begun to enjoy the strike as we are confronted with statements of ASUU officials to the effect that ASUU is ‘not interested’ in dialogue.
Now that the problem has been laid out, what is the solution? I am afraid I am not a purveyor of silver bullets, but I believe that the solution to this ugly situation is to inject a fresh dose of urgency into this ASUU strike matter. And how does one do that? By making the lives of both parties hell. By taking to the streets. By attempting a shutdown of government. By making so much noise that it will be impossible for anyone to ignore you.
I am positive that well meaning friends and mentors have advised you to keep your hands busy during the strike so as not to waste the time. That is good advice, but it is time to disregard it. It is time to make it crystal clear, especially to the federal government, that you are mad as hell at the current state of things. It is time to show character and resolve as you fight tooth and nail to return to school.
It of course comes as no surprise that NANS by which I mean to refer to the association of Nigerian Students has done nothing concrete. It is not exactly news that that body is so bereft of ideology and people of quality that it cannot be trusted to speak or fight for the Nigerian Student. No, put your hope not in NANS but in yourself. There is so many of you that if you rise to the occasion, you cannot be ignored.
Your destiny is in your hands. Will you fold your arms in dejection? Or will you choose to fight? For education, for dear life, for hope.
Abdulrahman Akintoye Abdulraheem is the immediate past General Secretary of the University of Ilorin Students’ Union.
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