The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities on Thursday condemned the brutal treatment and forcible disruption of the peaceful protest of members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union “with tear gas and water canon.”

SSANU condemned the recent forceful dispersal of ASUP and COEASU members with tear gass and water canon while protesting peacefully in Abuja.

On the prolonged ASUP and COEASU strike, the SSANU also condemned the way the Federal Government was handling the issue.

The union also warned political parties and politicians in the country to stop playing petty politics with the lives of abducted students of Government College, Chibok in Borno State.

The National President of SSANU, Samson, Ugwoke, in a statement in Abuja stressed that such singular act by Boko Haram insurgents was enough crime to bring the group and its activities in Nigeria to an end.

He said, “Now is the time for the security agencies to prove their capability and preparedness to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians. The Federal Government of Nigeria should mobilise a crack team of anti-terrorism commandos even if it means getting expert, technical assistance from foreign countries to rescue the girls from these heartless, wicked, ruthless and blood thirsty never-do-wells.

“SSANU advises political parties and politicians to stop playing politics with the lives of innocent students but to join hands with the governments, security agencies and foreign anti-terrorism agencies to ensure their safe rescue.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria should, as a matter of urgency, provide security in all educational institutions in Nigeria since they have become the targets of Boko Haram insurgents in recent times.

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