The murder of harmless peaceful #ENDSARS protesters in Lekki and other parts of the country has been condemned by ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The union described the killings in the ongoing protest as crime against humanity and called on the United Nations to show serious concern in the descent to dictatorship by the Muhammadu Buhari led federal Government of Nigeria.
The Chairman of the union, Professor Ayo Akinwole mentioned that the Federal Government’s repressive attacks on the advocacy and demands for responsible and responsive governance by Nigerian youth shows that Nigeria is tending towards repressive military governance.
According to the union boss, killing youths demanding for justice against brutality and in the process being murdered in cold blood reveals that the security brutality of Nigerians is an agenda of the Federal Government. Professor Akinwole stated that it is a taboo for parents to bury their children in Yorubaland and in most cultures adding that the President has committed a taboo. ASUU stated that peaceful protest and demonstration are forms of political participation to bring about positive changes but regretted that the Buhari administration represses every voice of reason behaving like a military president.
The union lamented that Nigerian youths have not enjoyed anything good and are being deprived of funding in education, faced unemployment, and are worse hit by poverty. Instead of learning how to be responsible and take care of people as shown by the organisational capacity of the #ENDSARS youth, Professor Akinwole lamented that government dictatorially took lives out of future leaders.
peacefully as guaranteed in the Nigerian constitution and other international protocols on human rights including those of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS), African Union (AU) and the United Nations. In light of this, we call on members of the Nigerian political class, and government to rein in the thugs being unleashed on our students and the general public.
“There is documented evidence that this generation of students and youth in the current anti-police brutality protests is demonstrating extreme maturity as has never been seen in recent times. We commend them all, and urge that they do not be provoked into taking steps inimical to their peaceful objectives,” the union cautioned.