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Buhari expresses shock, says it’s ”amazing” ASUU stayed out of classrooms for so long



President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his shock and displeasure over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

According to him, it is “amazing” how the lecturers have failed to suspend their eight-month strike.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu quoted the president as saying this after a meeting with 36 state governors on insecurity.

Buhari, in the statement titled; ”President Buhari charges governors to work with traditional rulers for local intelligence’, spoke on the eight-month-long strike by members of ASUU, saying “lecturers had not taken into consideration the larger challenges facing the country”.

“Government conceded something. The problem is that they refused to look at the problem of the whole country.

“The Minister of Labour is working hard at it. It is amazing how ASUU will stay out of classrooms for so long. There’s a need for our elites to understand the challenges facing the country”.

The academic union embarked on strike in March 2020 over demands for more funding for public universities and renegotiation of the 2009 FG/ASUU agreement.

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