The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has thrown caution in the air following the news of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) splitting with the formation of a new body called Congress of University (CONUA).
The Amir (President) of the Lagos Area State Area Unit of the students Society, Dr. Saheed Ashafa in an official press statement said it was demoralising to note that such a possible split rears its ugly head from ASUU.
“Allowing your Union to split will deplete your strength and renders you voiceless. Your ever vibrant critical stance on anti-masses policies of the government will soon become irrelevant,” he said.
The students leader noted that not only ASUU members will feel the heat, but protection of human rights in the University system will soon become a fiction on the pages of the book.
“We need to remind ASUU that if the ugly discord persists, oppression of academic staff will thrive and germinate fast like a seed planted by an Angel from heaven” he warned,” he stated.
Resolve their differences
Dr. Ashafa who described the development as poisonous, however, appealed to the Union leaders not to allow the crisis grow but make an urgent move towards resolving their differences which gave birth to the Union’s Split.
“We therefore counsel ASUU to realise quickly that factionalism of Union in the academic setting is a poison plotted in a tea-cup of ASUU that should not be allowed to assume a national face,” he said.
He said that resorting to division would not be productive to the socio-economic development of the nation as the two-times MSSN Lagos president urged the government on the other hand, to rather promote unity and cohesion among various trade unions for the over all good of the country.
He adds that government must honour all treaties signed with ASUU with high sense of fidelity.