*condemns Lekii killings, others
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday alerted that Nigeria is tending towards repressive military governance with the killing of harmless and largely peaceful #ENDSARS protesters in Lekki and other parts of the country
ASUU in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by the Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of the union, Professor Ayo Akinwole said the killing of the peaceful and harmless EndSARS protesters stands as crime against humanity.
In the statement, ASUU charged the United Nations to show serious interest in the descent to totalitarianism by the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government of Nigeria .
ASUU pointed out that the federal government’s repressive attacks on the advocacy and demands for responsible and responsive governance by Nigerian youth has shown that “Nigeria is tending towards repressive military governance”.
“The Federal government should immediately stop the shooting, maiming, and brutalization of our students and youth. We affirm their inalienable right to live, be alive, and express their aspirations 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”, it said
The union added, “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. 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.”
ASUU stressed 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”, and 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.
Stressing that Nigerian youths have not enjoyed anything good and are being deprived of funding in education, faced unemployment, and are worse hit by poverty, the union said, “instead of learning how to be responsible and take care of people as shown by the organisational capacity of the #ENDSARS youth”
Advocating justice for all victims of Lekki genocide and others killed in other locations in the country adding that the present crop of Nigerian leaders are low on empathy, ASUU said “those who train their children abroad or who rush their children abroad for falling while riding multimillion naira motorbikes must be wicked to see children of hapless Nigerians murdered in cold blood.”.