…says the strikes remain endless
By Olivia Obijiaku
The Chaplain of Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) of the Catholic Diocese of Zaria, Rev Fr Patrick Bako Zichiyang has partly blamed the repeated strike actions of members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria on their roles during elections. He made this known in Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria Kaduna State on Sunday, 27th February, 2022.
The priest was reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading of Luke 6:39-45 in which Jesus said that the blind cannot lead the blind without falling into the pit in asserting that those who breach agreement with ASUU at the moment are the same people who they placed on the seats of authority.
“Nigeria is the way it is today because we have allowed ourselves to be ruled by the blind,” Fr Zichiyang maintained. “When elections come, some professors who are supposed to be returning officers join hands to rig elections because they have decided to remove the knowledge they have received through their years of formation and training. The same blind men you have used your hands to rig elections for will come back tomorrow and inflict pains on you – the reason ASUU strike will never end.”
“This is our story as a nation and this is what Jesus is telling us today. So, because we have brought in blind leaders, we are now into the pits of educational collapse, insecurity, lack of industrial revolution which is the reason for the economic collapse we now have. Jesus says that if a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit. No one can change our story but we. The only way to avoid failing into the pits of educational collapse, health system collapse and that of economy is by investing in education because if we don’t invest in education, these pits will remain with us.”
He ascribed the quest for candidates from particular regions or tribes rather than go for competence and experience to ignorance and tasked Nigerians to get properly informed so that they may change the narrative. “This we must do by getting out voters card and the readiness to go out on election day to vote credible candidates.” He summed.