The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has expressed conviction that the nation would overcome her challenges.
The union said the disconnect between the political class and the masses was disheartening, noting that the politicians were focused on getting political power at the expense of the people.
The SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim, said this in a message commemorating Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary on Friday.
He stated, “Despite the challenges and the hard times we face in our beloved country Nigeria at the moment, it is still a thing of joy and indeed worthy of giving all praises and glory to God Almighty for sustaining and keeping us alive.
“It is therefore pertinent to state that the current difficult situation Nigeria/Nigerians are facing are evidently all man-made; therefore it’s surmountable.
“The level of disconnect between the political class, and the masses is quite disheartening. It is glaring that most members of the political class are only busy pursuing political power and have forgotten the social contract they signed with the citizens.
“This has become evident by the monstrous insecurity that is ravaging Nigeria. Free movement of people, goods and services has become almost impossible due to insecurity and the deplorable nature of our highways. Yet, the most trending topic for our political leaders from the south to the north is 2023 elections.”
Ibrahim lamented the abductions of students and the killings across the country and the failure of the government to address them.
“How could it be that our children are no longer safe in our schools because of incessant kidnapping and killings, yet those that it fall on their shoulders to take actions are busy politicking.
“How could it be that prices of food and other commodities are skyrocketing everyday in the country and citizens are going to bed without food, yet our leaders and political leaders have not shown any concern.
“It’s therefore time for Government at all levels to sit up and squarely face its constitutional responsibilities of protecting and providing basic needs of Nigerians,” the union insisted, noting that the government must also fulfil the agreements it signed with labour unions.