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Civil Society Union Supports ASUU, Flays Govt On Strike

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Civil Society Union Supports ASUU, Flays Govt On Strike

By John Michael Ojo
The Nigeria Civil Society Union (NCSU) has condemned the inability of the Federal Government to resolve its dispute with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the union disclosed that it could not continue to sit on the fence while millions of reproductive and vibrant youths who would take up the leadership of this nation in years to come waste away as a result of no fault of theirs.

It also stated that the political class was creating an educational apathy in order to alienate the children of the poor who cannot afford tuition fees for private institutions from the educational system entirely.

The union added that it would employ every apparatus at its disposal to ensure that the federal government yields to ASUU’s demand and have the students return to their various classes.

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The statement with the title “WE CANNOT AFFORD TO SIT ON THE FENCE” which was signed by the union’s general secretary, Bomoi Mohammed Ibrahim and made available to New Times, reads: “The Nigeria Civil Society Union, the famous Trade Union in Nigeria says that it can no longer afford to watch while the university institutions are decimated by the political class in the country.

“This decision was made after the leadership of the Union x-rayed the various decisions taken at the Central Working Committee of the Nigeria Labour Congress, which it is affiliated to, concerning the lackadaisical, unserious and derogatory approach of the Federal Government in finding lasting solution to the persistent intermittent strike in public universities in the country which is endangering the lives and future of the Nigerian Youth.

“Arising from its conviction that the Nigerian political class is deliberately developing a culture of social apathy wherefore the children of the poor are deliberately and strategically being denied education with a view to them perpetually subservient to the children of the rich, the Nigeria Civil Society Union wish to reiterate its resolve to adopt and to pursue to its logical conclusion all the action plans set out by the Nigeria Labour Congress in support of the ASUU’s course of action towards ensuring that the stiff-necked Federal Government is made to listen to the voice of reason.

“We must not sit on the fence and ruin the future of our youth. Injury to one, injury to all.”

 

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BREAKING: Peter Obi Resigns From PDP

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BREAKING: Peter Obi Resigns From PDP

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi on Wednesday dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obi announced his resignation in a letter dated 20 May, addressed to the National Chairman of the party.

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In the letter seen by New Times, Obi gave reasons for his withdrawal from the presidential race.

 

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Security Forces’ll Deal With Killings In South-East, Others – Buhari

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Security Forces'll Deal With Killings In South-East, Others - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that perpetrators of killings in the South-East and other parts of the country would be dealt with by security forces.

“I strongly condemn the wild, barbarous and wanton killings of innocent people in the South-East, as well as in other parts of Nigeria, Buhari wrote on his official Twitter handle.

“The perpetrators of these deeply distressing attacks should expect the toughest possible response from the security forces.”

The president was reacting to the recent gruesome killing of a mother – Fatima – and her four children in Anambra State.

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Several quarters have accused the proscribed secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as the mastermind of the gruesome killings.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna chapter, has also condemned the killing urging that IPOB terrorism needs to be stopped.

“This unfortunate act is getting out of hand. IPOB members are murderers, cowards and subhumans who oppress the innocent and kill children. FG should treat them the same way as Boko Haram,” CAN said.

Unknown assailants have continued to wreak havoc around the South-East since the incarceration of IPOB’s leader Nnamdi Kanu. The separatist group has repeatedly distanced itself from attacks on state assets and government functionaries.

Attacks in Anambra have become vicious in recent days, with gruesome killings of politicians and arson on police and other statement establishments on the upswing.

 

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AfAW Lauds Church Of Scotland For Acknowledging Harm Linked To Witchcraft Accusations

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AfAW Lauds Church Of Scotland For l Harm Linked To Witchcraft Accusations

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) has lauded the Church of Scotland for taking steps to acknowledge inked to Scotland`s historic witchcraft laws centuries ago. At its 2022 General Assembly, the church accepted the motion brought by Rev Prof Susan Hardman that regrets the terrible harm caused to alleged witches in Scotland.

“AfAW received this news of the Church of Scotland`s acknowledgment with much excitement and hope for the future of its campaign to end witch-hunting in Africa”, a statement by Dr Leo Igwe, a leader of the group in Nigeria, said.

It continued : “This development marks a significant step in the efforts by Witches of Scotland to win justice, legal pardon, apology, and national monument for thousands of people mostly women who were convicted of witchcraft and executed between 1563 and 1736. AfAW is delighted by the progress that the campaign by Witches of Scotland has made. On March 8, 2022, the International Women`s Day, the Scottish first minister, Nicola Surgeon, offered a formal apology to people accused of witchcraft in the 16th and 18th centuries.

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Incidentally, this campaign has elicited criticisms from some segments of the Scottish population who think that the initiative is unnecessary because these are wrongs committed centuries ago. Some people say that such a campaign is an anachronism to the current generation of Scottish people. But these critics are greatly mistaken. They have forgotten that injustice is injustice no matter how long in the past it was committed. And it is never too late to say: ‘I am sorry.’ It is never too late to acknowledge mistakes and wrongdoings. It is never too late to remedy past injustices, especially when these injustices are still meted out to people in some parts of the world.

“More importantly, this campaign has so much contemporary relevance and resonance. Tens of thousands of people, including women, children, and elderly persons, still suffer harm linked to witchcraft accusations and prosecution in many African countries. And churches with a direct and indirect link to the Church of Scotland often perpetuate these abuses. Churches in Africa are part of the problem of witch-hunting in the region. Churchmen and women are modern-day witch hunters, witchcraft accusers and witch persecutors. This acknowledgment by the Church of Scotland sends a clear and powerful message to its counterparts and affiliates in Africa. This regret provides the moral leadership that has been missing in this campaign. This development in Scotland will help persuade and mobilize African churches to become part of the efforts to end abuses linked to witchcraft beliefs in the region.”

 

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