The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) made a special press release on Friday. The special release was tagged ‘Engage our youth, don’t kill them’. Moreover, this was signed by Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU president.
“The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was shocked to receive reports of violent attacks on protesting youth under the aegis of #EndSARS, killing and maiming a number of them in Lagos and other states in the country. At the Lekki Toll Plaza on Tuesday, 20th October 2020, light was switched off while armed security operatives swooped on the peaceful demonstrators who kept vigil at the venue. We condemn in strongest terms government’s handling of the Lekki incident.
“ASUU fully identifies with Nigerian youth in exercising their constitutional rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and non-violent protest.
“ASUU notes with regrets that Nigeria has not grown beyond the conquest-subjugation orientation of colonial rule evident in police and military brutalization of the civilian populace.
“The future of the young people in Nigeria is threatened. They are living in conditions of hopelessness, disintegration of families, and despair about the present and the future”
“ASUU commiserates with the families whose children’s and wards’ lives were cut short in the course of the #EndSARS protest nationwide. We equally empathise with youth and other citizens who are still nursing various degrees of injury, and we wish them full and speedy recovery.
“Finally, our ruling class should always remember that only continuous engagements with the citizenry, especially the energetic youth population and the working class, would deepen Nigeria’s democracy and guarantee lasting peace in the country.