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Christian group calls for truce on ASUU strike, decries terror activities

by Church Times

The Christain Conscience Group has called for a truce between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government on the ongoing strike by the union.  It also decried the activities of terrorists in the country.

The group bared its mind in a recent statement by its spokesman, Mr. Tunji Oguntuase.

Oguntuase said the issue of the ASUU strike issue was among several issues discussed by the group in a recent meeting.

He said, “The National Chairman of Christian Conscience group, Dr. Mrs. Yetunde Akinluyi, and National General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Kolawole Verrals both signed a statement that put all our observations in perspective.

Rev Dr. Kolawole Verrals, National General Secretary, Christian Conscience

“On ASUU strike, the group commended the president for stepping in. It admonished all concerned to be fair, and just. The group called on them to be committed to bringing an end to the plight of our children who have been staying at home for about 7 months. We advised that the intervention of the President should be towards a logical and result-oriented conclusion”,

“We are also using the opportunity to call our political, traditional and opinion leaders to do more and put pressure on both the government and the union to end the staying at home of the students”

Beyond the ASUU strike, the group also decried terrorism in Nigeria.

The body noted that “The lingering activities of these terrorists have contributed to the shortage of food and high cost of living in the country. It has hindered the movement of people, goods, and services. Farmers and all those involved in the food chain can’t move around without fear of being attacked.”

The group however commended the ongoing military efforts against terrorism in some parts of the country.

It added however that the effort of the military will be more impactful if it is sustained.

“Now that the military high command has responded positively to the body language of the President, we believe better days are ahead because there has been too much shedding of innocent blood in the country,” said Oguntuase in the statement.

The group also reiterated its earlier position on political parties to ensure their campaigns are issue-based.

The statement reads, “We appeal, for the umpteenth time, to all political parties to have issue-based discussions during the campaigns so that the electorates can have informed decisions when voting.”

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