A Lagos-based legal practitioner, Daniel
Onwe, has dragged the Federal
Government(FG) and the Academic Staff
Union of Universities, ASUU, before a
Federal High Court in Lagos, southern
Nigeria, over the lingering crisis between
the two bodies which has led to the
closure of public universities in the country
since 1st of July.
In a motion dated 30 September, 2013, Barrister
Onwe is seeking an order of court to compel
ASUU to call off the strike it embarked upon in
protest over the unwillingness of government to
implement certain aspects of the agreement
they reached over the parlous state of Nigerian
universities and other issues.
In a 15-paragraph affidavit filed along with the
motion, Onwe is asking the court to declare that
the indefinite strike embarked upon by ASUU,
leading to the closure of government owned
universities for three months, violates the
fundamental rights of the students affected.
He argued that the continued strike action by
ASUU has traumatized many students who now
engage in all sorts of vices.
Onwe posited that the plight of the affected
students has worsened as their contemporaries
in private universities continue to attend
lectures while they remain idle at home.
He urged the court to compel ASUU to open the
universities for lectures to resume while their
negotiation with the Federal Government
No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.