ASUU asks Jonathan to sack, prosecute corrupt govt officials
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to sack and prosecute all corrupt public officers in his government to serve as deterrent to others.
Dr Nasir Fagge, ASUU president, stated this at a symposium organised by the Education Rights Campaign group held at the University of Ibadan. He called for a review of the immunity clause which protects corrupt people in power from prosecution.
The ASUU boss noted that covering up the crimes of the powerful is inimical to growth and development of the country.
He said the law was against the masses who are daily suffering from the consequences of unchecked stealing and pilfering of the collective wealth of the nation.
Fagge, who said the present leadership cannot be trusted, tasked Nigerians to mobilise and collectively demand accountability from government at all levels.
He expressed worry over scandals happening in the corridors of power in Nigeria.
According to him, Nigerians must demand accountability from those at the helms of affairs.
Dr Fagge said in normal and sane climes, heads ought to roll anytime there is scandal but alleged they are covered up while those doing the right thing “either lose their jobs or head.”
While noting that corruption had become endemic, hampering growth and development in the country with no serious effort made to curtail it, he stated that corruption scandal is a tell tale sign that Nigeria is a sick society where leaders are suffering from serious slave mentality.
Fagge also noted that those running Nigeria are interested in personal gains rather than development of the country.
The ASUU boss said the law which protects leaders from being prosecuted for stealing public money during their reign is anti-masses.
On the increased fees in Lagos State University (LASU), the ASUU boss vowed to frustrate the hike in tuition fee which he said was capable of denying students access to education.