Abuja, 24 June, 2022 / 10:20 am (ACI Africa).
The fact that the “unending negotiations” between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that resulted in the closure of tertiary institutions is behind the increasing insecurity in the West African country “cannot be ruled out”, Catholic lay leaders have said.
Tertiary institutions in Nigeria have been closed since February when members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) went on strike.
In a statement published Tuesday, June 21, officials of the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria (CLCN) say, “The unending negotiations between the unions of tertiary institutions and the Federal Government which has led to the continued closure of tertiary institutions in the country cannot be ruled out as a contributory factor to the rising wave of insecurity in the country.”
“The Council aligns with other well-meaning individuals in the call for a quick and permanent resolution of the seeming unending impasse,” CLCN officials say in the statement signed by the entity’s President and Secretary General, Sir Henry Yunkwap and Dame Chisara Egwim-Chima, respectively.
The representatives of the Catholic Laity in Nigeria decry the “rising spate of wanton killings, kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, idolatry ravaging the nation.”