Some Nigerians on social media, Monday, expressed displeasure over the graduation of the first son of the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, from a university in the United Kingdom amidst the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The PUNCH reports that academic activities in public universities in Nigeria have been shut down for close to 147 days.
ASUU had on February 14, 2022, announced the commencement of industrial action following the failure of the government to meet some lingering demands of the union.
But the first son of Nyesom Wike, who also happens to be a former Minister of State for Education under the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, graduated with a second-class upper degree in law from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.
Commenting on the development on social media, a Facebook user, Remi Mowo, said, “Rubbing salt on injuries? They refused to develop the education sector in Nigeria and why? Their wards are schooling abroad. ASUU can be on strike forever. They do not care. Wike was also a former education minister.”
Another Facebook user, Chika Okwuolisa, said, “Their sons and daughters will keep graduating overseas while students in Nigeria haven’t seen the four walls of their classrooms in more than six months due to strike. How low and insensitive can we get in this country?”
Similarly, another Facebook user, Chris Ughanze, said, “Congratulations to the graduating son. However, ASUU strike has entered five months and some lecturers and students are campaigning for the All Progressives Congress/Peoples Democratic Party to remain in power. They have destroyed our education, healthcare system and economy and have treasuries stashed abroad where their own children and caprices are made beneficiaries of the loot.
“There is a limit to which one could endure cruelty and disservice of leaders enthroned to serve.
The PUNCH reports that ASUU embarked on strike in 2013 during Wike’s tenure as supervising minister of the ministry of education.