The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have agreed to take part in the 2019 general elections this February.
This was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in an ongoing discussion with ASUU.
Happening Now:— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) January 4, 2019
ASUU agrees to participate in 2019 General Elections. pic.twitter.com/h3JTdUDlv6
ASUU has been on strike since November 2018 due to delayed implementation of the proposed Minimum Wage of 30,000 naira.
Also yesterday, the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) paid a courtesy visit to the President while giving him a post-birthday gift. This was received with criticism by young Nigerians on social media.
President Buhari reportedly told the students that the ASUU strike is a distraction for the government in focusing other sectors of the economy like infrastructure.
More details to come…
The issue of restructuring Nigeria has been a front-burner in the various debates about Nigeria in recent times. Many were consistent about it but as the 2019 elections draw closer, the political alignments and defections have overshadowed this important issue of restructuring. Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has been consistent about it; he has reviewed it from an economic, social and political perspective.
However, the debates and discussions about restructuring Nigeria have taken a one-sided rhetoric for too long. Former Minister of Nigeria, Aunty Oby Ezekwesili described it as an ‘urgency of now’ and as Nigeria completes another 20-year cycle in our political journey, it is important we take the discussion further.