The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is getting support from an unusual quarters as Fulani herdsmen in Nasarawa State have threatened to stop the sales of beef in markets if the Federal Government fails to end the prolonged strike within two weeks.
The herdsmen who gathered at the Miyetti Allah headquarters in Nasarawa expressed their unhappiness over the handling of the issue relating to lecturers’ pay which has resulted in the unnecessary and endless stay-at-home of Nigerian students.
The national president of the association, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo, who spoke to journalist decried the attitude of the government towards education urging President Goodluck Jonathan to re-negotiate with the aggrieved union, in order to find a lasting solution to the strike in the interest of students and the country.
According to him: “If the federal government refuses to listen to the lecturers, we have no choice than to stop the supply of meat to markets and our women from selling milk (fura da nunu).”
“We have been making efforts to enlighten our people about education, but the government is not encouraging us at all,” Bodejo said. He also called on the union to consider the situation and return to class in the interests of Nigerian students.