Labour Party presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, Peter Obi has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sit and dialogue with the Academic Staff Union of Universities to end the union’s prolonged strike that have kept students of public universities in the country at home for nearly six-month now.
He gave the advice during an exclusive interview with Vanguard newspaper at the weekend.
According to the former Anambra State governor, “What we have on our hands is a situation that requires presidential intervention.”
He said, “The minister that has been given an ultimatum has not just been appointed to oversee the education sector. It is not that he has just been drafted to do the job.
“This is a job that has not been done to deliver on an outcome that is desirable, so, giving an ultimatum to your minister is like saying, continue to talk as they’ve been doing?
“President Buhari is the one on whose desk the buck stops. He should sit with ASUU and engage and resolve this matter. If he can sit with party leaders over presidential primaries and get a result, he should sit with ASUU and ensure that this strike comes to an end.”
He equally called on political leaders to take the issue of the ASUU strike “very seriously”, saying that “a situation where we have local government councillors and chairmen and assembly members earning much more than professors is not ideal.”
“Education is key. The President should take charge. The same things goes for the looming food crisis. Our President should spend the remaining nine or ten months to take personal charge,” he added.