Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for his handling of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Speaking in Lafia, Nasarawa state at the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday, Dogara delcared that the Buhari administration had displayed incompetence in the way it was handling the strike.
He noted specifically that allowing schools to shut down under, the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government, had thrown teeming Nigerian youths into idleness and slowed down their progress.
“It’s been said that if you want to destroy a community, state or nation, don’t even fire shots or bring the crisis that is being perpetrated by Boko Haram, don’t even bring nuclear bomb, all you need to do is to lower the standard of education in that Community state, or nation. Once you succeed in doing that, you’ve killed the nation”, Dogara said.
“So many of us may not understand what I’m implying, but right now in Nigeria, the university lecturers are on strike. If it was a decent government that is committed to the future of this country, it wouldn’t take one week to resolve this problem, but unfortunately, through ineptitude the strike is allowed to fester.
“If we shut down education, we shut down progress, we shut down the future of our teeming youth who have gathered here, we shut down the advancementc of this great country called Nigeria. So the 2019 election will be a referendum on education also.”