concerned citizens want
the National Assembly
to probe the Minister
of Education, Adamu
Adamu, over the
unconventional manner
vice chancellors of
federal universities were
Spokesman of the
group, Cyril Ojama,
who led a march of
concerned Nigerians
and stakeholders in
the education sector to
protest the sack of the
vice chancellors to the
National Assembly said
apart from investigating
the minister’s action
by the lawmakers, the
National Assembly
should reverse the
decisions of the minister
as they were taken in
error and contravened
extant laws.
Ojama, while
addressing the protesters
at the National Assembly,
also demanded that the
vice chancellors, whose
tenure have not ended,
should be reinstated to
enable them complete
their tenure.
According to the
leader of the group,
the minister should be
prevailed upon to tender
an unreserved apology
to the affected 13 vice
chancellors in the spirit
of national unity. “The
National Assembly
should accelerate
and strengthen all
laws necessary for
the protection of our
educational system from
undue interference.”
The group accused the
minister of unilaterally
appointing new vice
chancellors without
consulting with the
respective governing
councils, adding that the
appointment of the new
university helmsmen
negates the principle
of federal character as
majority of the new
appointees are from a
particular state.
“Obviously, the
minister sees the seat
of vice chancellors as
an avenue for ethnic
ingratiation and political
settlement. This wrong
precedence must not be
allowed to prevail if our
educational system must
be saved from looming collapse,” Ojama
“We are elated that
this act of impunity
and assault on our
educational system has
not been allowed to be
swept under the carpet.
The heed to our demand
will further strengthen
citizens’ confidence
in the legislature
and the present
administration’s resolve
to give Nigerians equal
right”, he said.
He commended the
National Assembly’s
reaction over the
sack of the university
administrators and
noted that the action of
the lawmakers would
ensure that nation’s
laws are not brazenly
He averred that the
manner in which the
minister went about the
sack “did a great deal
in casting aspersions on
the reputation of these
eminent academics”.

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