Muslim Media Watch advises FG on ASUU strike, calls for probe into destructive #ENDSARS protests

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Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria.

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By BASHIR ADEFAKA

While condemning the acts of vandals and miscreants, who committed those dastardly acts across the country, the Muslim Media Watch Group leader admonished the youths on  better ways of doing things other than street protests and that, when protest becomes necessary, it should last not more than two days to prevent miscreants from hijacking it.

The Federal Government has been called upon to urgently address the face-off between it and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to enable academic activities resume in all Nigerian Universities across the country.

This call was made by the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, during a courtesy visit of its National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, to the Director General of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, and the Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Dr. Mansur Liman.

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According to Alhaji Abdullahi, the continued closure of our Universities due to unresolved ASUU/FG crisis has hightened insecurity in Nigeria and promoted instability as large number of participants in the #ENDSARS PROTESTS  were Universities students who have been at home for about seven months due to ASUU.

The Group had visited the two Directors General of the Federal broadcasting media establishments to sympathise with them over the attack launched on their facilities.

It would be recalled that FRCN lost some of its equipment and facilities to hoodlums who invaded Radio Nigeria Gwagwalada in Abuja, during which time they removed and destroyed some of them under the disguise of #ENDSARS protests, while NTA lost its station in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, to arsonists, who set the whole station on fire, burnt the vehicles and other useful facilities in the station.

While condemning the acts of vandals and miscreants, who committed those dastardly acts across the country, the Muslim Media Watch Group leader admonished the youths on  better ways of doing things other than street protests and that, when protest becomes necessary, it should last not more than two days to prevent miscreants from hijacking it.

The MMWG leader, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, said there were more to the protests Nigeria witnessed recently than SARS BRUTALITY to the people.

He therefore urged the government to probe deeper into the crisis so as to know more with a view of preventing similar occurrence in the future, adding that youths should refrain from acts of hooliganism, vandalism and looting so as not to destroy their  future and valuable image.

The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria also called on Federal and State governments to be alive to their responsibilities to the youth in particular and generality of Nigerians, adding that the unfortunate incidents were a metaphor that people are ready to demand for what is due to them if they sensed that they are being denied.

The Group called for total Police Reform that would nclude increase of  Police manpower significantly and  annually and provision of equipment with which they could serve diligently as well as training for them and  high remuneration package to check corruption.

Responding the DG FRCN Dr. Mansur Liman thanked the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria for the visit and promised to increase security surveillance for all FRCN Stations across the Country to ward-off any future attacks.

In her own remarks Hajia Halimat Musa,  Director News NTA, who stood in for the DG NTA Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, assured the Group that the unfortunate incident in Calabar would not dampen the enthusiasm of the NTA in delivering on its mandate to the people and the Government  at all times.


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