The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday described as a sign of irresponsibility, the failure of the Federal government to tame the spate of killings across the country.
The union maintained that “a government that allows her people to be murdered daily is totally irresponsible” and has failed to fulfil the social contract of protecting lives and properties.
ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr. Deji Omole in an interview with journalists after the union’ congress demanded adequate security of lives and properties of Nigerians from the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Omolealso called for the de-politicization of security by heads of security agencies, saying loyalty must be to Nigeria and not to Aso Rock residents.
He noted that Nigerians who were already battling with poor economic conditions were now afraid that their lives could be terminated anyhow, adding that the Buhari led federal government had been issuing ineffective condemnation speeches.
According to him, “it is a sign of irresponsibility for the government to fold its arms, while people are being killed only to approve N10 billion for rebuilding affected communities, a serious government would have prevented destruction from happening but the government allowed the carnage to happen”.
Omole noted that while land transportation was hellish for Nigerians, it was now more deadly to travel since criminals had positioned themselves on major roads kidnapping, raping, dispossessing and killing people at will.
He said food production was now threatened because communities affected were farming communities, while those displayed were farmers.
Omole said “Every day you open newspaper and what you read is news of killing and some people will seat inside Air conditioner offices in Abuja and issue a condemnation speeches which have not done anything in the last three years since they came to power.
“If Nigerians are already denied quality health facilities, quality education, quality social services, they must not be denied right to life.
“This is the worst form of treating the governed by a government which promised hope to the masses but which the rich have continued to benefit from. We demand security of lives and properties from the Muhammadu Buhari government. Only the living can demand for their rights.
“It is sad that one state claimed to have lost about 500 persons to herdsmen terrorism and nobody has been prosecuted for this.”