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Nigerian ruling elite unpatriotic, says Prof Iyayi

AWKA—FORMER president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Professor Festus Iyayi, yesterday in Awka described the Nigerian ruling class as highly unpatriotic, saying they do not develop the country in relation to developments going on in other parts of the world.

Iyayi, who delivered a lecture at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, as part of activities put together by the institution’s branch of ASUU to honour the national president of ASUU, Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie, also accused Nigerian leaders of lacking the vision to decipher what was good for the country.

According to him, the leaders lack a sense of history and are only concerned with their pleasure and what they would reap from governance.

He added that it was for that reason that the country had remained underdeveloped after 52 years of Independence.

He said: “Our leaders do not invest properly. They only trade because they feel that is what will give them quick money. We do not produce anything and we even import products we ought to be exporting.”

In his comment, Professor Awuzie urged members of ASUU to be responsive to change, just as he promised that ASUU would be empowered to be able to bark and bite.

He also expressed worry that Nigerian universities had been localized such that academics no longer circulated as was the case in the past, noting that the situation was so bad that even the appointment of vice chancellors had descended to clannish level.

According to Awuzie, “if we get to a level where academics from all parts of the country cannot vie for the post of vice chancellor in our universities


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