By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Sokoto â€” The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has chided the Federal Government on its failure to tackle many national issues, which include the state of the economy, constitution reforms, insecurity, the citizenship question, criminal violence, the Niger-Delta question, Jos crisis and presidentâ€™s sojourn in Saudi Arabia.
Addressing a newsmen at the end of its National Executive Council, NEC,Â meeting at Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, President of the Union, Professor Ukachukwu Awufie, said a comparative analysis of Nigeria alongside other countries according to Human Development Index, HDI, ranking, especially on education index, expenditure on health as percentage of total budget indicated that the country was still lagging in the abyss of underdevelopment.
On Jos crisis, ASUU said the recent Jos crisis had only brought to the fore, the unresolved question of indigene and settler in the constitution.
According to Awufie, â€œissues of citizenship as reflected particularly in the notion of â€˜indigeneâ€™ and â€˜settlerâ€™ appears to have been exploited by the political elite in Jos to cause suffering and destruction on the people.
â€œJos today appears to be steeped in mutual distrust and suspicion where people who were living together for centuries have suddenly found out that they are settlers and indigenes.â€
The union insisted that reports of panels on previous crises must be made public and culprits brought to book while efforts are made to address the problem of Nigerian citizenship.