Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Youths and Student Affairs, Mr. Jude Imagwe, weekend, described as unfair and untrue, allegations that the Federal Government killed the late former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof. Festus Iyayi.
Imagwu said this shortly after he paid a condolence visit to the Iyayi family, stating that there was no doubt that Nigerians were shocked by the accident which resulted in Iyayi’s death, but that dragging the Federal Government into it “is quite unfortunate because President Jonathan has been doing his best to ensure that this ASUU strike was suspended.
“When you say government is to blame, it is like saying government has a right to take someone’s life. It is God that gives life and knows the appointed time to take life which is inevitable. And to also say that government is paying lip service to education is not correct either. That we have not got to where we need to get to in the educational sector, I will agree with you.
“Government is making progress gradually. Where we were yesterday is quite different from where we are today. The current administration is giving all it can and will continue to ensure that the educational sector is strengthened.”
A former president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, himself, Imagwe recalled the role played by Prof. Iyayi in resolving disputes when he was NANS president, noting that Iyayi’s fatherly counsel would be missed.
“The late former president of ASUU was like a father to many of us who were involved in student unionism.”