Constitutional Review: ASUU Pulls out, Alleges Foul Play

N-Assembly-300x205The ongoing constitution review process in the country might have suffered some setbacks as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has faulted the process, describing it as a charade of some sort. The body has, therefore, withdrawn its representatives from the committee collating responses of Nigerians for the constitution review committee at the National Assembly.

According to ASUU, some of the pre-determined areas of interest had been developed for the collation even when the views of people were not yet known. ASUU also noted that various areas of concern presented by Nigerians were already excluded in the pre-determined list.

Therefore, rising from its national executive committee meeting at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, ASUU said recent events had vindicated its earlier scepticism that the constitutional amendment might just be an effort in futility. While calling on Nigerians that it had withdrawn from the process, ASUU maintained that it did not want to be used to put a legitimacy seal on the ongoing exercise.

A communiqué by ASUU, issued at the end of the meeting, noted that apart from flaws in the execution of the public hearing, events at the ongoing exercise aimed at collating the views of Nigerians nationwide had drained off whatever the little credibility the process had. The communiqué reads in part:

“First, the collation has been adjourned to continue at a later date even with the obvious possibility of manipulation given the character and history of the Nigerian ruling class. Second, some of the predetermined areas of interest have been developed for the collation even when the views of people are not yet known.

“The implication of this is that various areas of concern presented by Nigerians are already excluded in the predetermined list. Our union does not want to be used to put a legitimacy seal on the ongoing exercise.”

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