The The National Association of Nigeria Students has called on the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, to apologize for calling the state universities quacks.
Recall that the ASUU president recently came under fire after an interview on Arise TV on Thursday, where he raised some issues related to the union’s ongoing union action.
Speaking about why some state universities withdrew from the strike, Osodeke said: “Talk about important universities, not those quacks. They are not part of our strike.”
Though he debunked the claim, the president of the top student organization, Sunday Ashefon, said in an interview with Sunday PUNCH that the president of the ASUU should apologize for the statement.
He said, “That’s a misguided statement. Imagine an erudite professor who mentions universities where his colleagues, who are also professors, work quack universities! This is sad, we have condemned this in its entirety and we demand an apology from him.”
He further stated that state universities did not benefit from ASUU’s demands, but wasted their efforts and student time on the strike.
Meanwhile, Kwara State University on Friday condemned Osodeke for referring to some state universities that are currently running their academic calendars, despite the union’s ongoing strike, as “quacks and irrelevant.”
It said such a statement did not deserve an academic thunder, saying the union president should not have denigrated educational institutions for their refusal to participate in the union’s ongoing strike action.
In a statement Saturday from the director of University Relations, Dr. Saeedat Aliyu, explained to the institution that such a statement was inappropriate and would be considered reckless, adding that it could also translate to bullying from the higher institutions.
However, KWASU asked Osodeke to retract his derogatory statements and apologized for uttering them in public spaces.