By Chris Ochayi
ABUJAâ€”Another twist has been added to the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), as a lecturer with the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Prof George Amadi took a swipe at the Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Joy Emordi, describing her as not being a patriot.
Prof Amadi was the lecturer who taught Senator Joy Emordi at University of Nigeria, UNN, Nsukka.
Vanguard gathered that, Prof. Amadi was reacting to the altercation between Senator Joy Emordi, Chairman Senate Committee on Education and former President of ASUU, Dr. Dipo Fasina over the protracted ASUU strike.
Prof. Amadi, who according to the source slammed Emordi as not being a â€˜patriotâ€™ said during the talk in question, Dr. Fasina overwhelmed the lawmaker leading to her stating â€œit is a pity that our children will continue to suffer this strike due to the unpatriotic zeal of ASUU members. This meeting has endedâ€.
The UNN lecturer while bashing the Senator in his correspondence with his union said â€œI need not comment more on this silly statement from a â€œpatriotâ€ but I dare say that Senator Joy Emordi is a square peg in a round hole, totally unfit to be a local government councillor let alone a Senator of the Federal Republic.
He said, â€œSenator Emordi is a lawyer taught by others and me at the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria. I am still teaching Nigerians, striving, like other colleagues, against all odds to see to the good education of our citizens. I do not regret my calling as a teacher, but I do regret over people in positionsÂ of power and authority in Nigeria,â€ he said.
â€œLet me end by praying for Senator Joy Emordi and her colleagues ruling this country: May God have mercy on the rulers and leaders of Nigeria and touch their hearts to do what is right and proper for the good of our benighted nationâ€ he added.
This altercation was even as the leadership of ASUU were meeting with the Vice President Goodluck Jonathan on how to resolve the issues the industrial action, which eventually collapsed.
The leadership of ASUU was led by its national President and former presidents of the union to seek ways of resolving the ongoing strike without causing further harm to the nationâ€™s education.