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Celebrating Pa Jimi Solanke at EIGHTY (80)!!!




JIMI SOLANKE, veteran dramatist, singer and actor came into town recently to pick up an Honorary Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Arts, courtesy Afro Hollywood. Apart from doing a few gigs around town, he also went into the studio to lay some tracks with ace producer, Kayode Samuels. In between his runs, the legendary Uncle Jimi Solanke granted an exclusive interview to the people’s magazine, Focus on a Monday morning after a brilliant performance at Labalaba Restaurant the previous night. It was also the last day of his three weeks holiday in the Queensland. He opened up on many issues and also zeroed in on the present political dispensation.

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Jimi Solanke spoke. Our Special Projects anchor, Jimi Akinniyi Listened.  Now you read 

It is a great pleasure meeting you after so many years of hearing about you, listening to you and learning about you, and of course admiring you. If we can just have some intimate background of how Jimi Solanke really started.

Well it is an open story my dear namesake. Nice meeting you too. Well I was born 4th of July 1942, the son of Alfred Tayo and Wuraola Solanke, both of them of blessed memory. I was born in Lagos in the Olowogbowo area. And we came from Ipara, Remo. But grandfather had Egba marks. So you can see (that) the migrant situation of my people headed us to where we now claim. I went to Olowogbowo Methodist School, from where I went to National High then crossed over to Odogbolu Grammar School in Odogbolu after which I became a professional, because from school I have been praised for being able to write songs. While I was in school, I have been writing songs for big bands, Roy Chicago recorded some of my tracks: ‘Onile Gogoro’. Also ‘Oro re ti tan’, (which) I wrote while I was in school.  ‘Na today u come’. But when I moved from school, I worked at the Caxton Press, Eleyele, Ibadan, as an Assistant Engineer -in-Training. But I didn’t last long because I was not cut out for that kind of a job. So I ended up setting up a band with Orlando Julius. So you imagine it’s been that journey and the journey is still on and I am grateful to God.

You are a qualified musician, actor and dramatist. But you said that acting took a major part of your career. Can you clarify that?

While I was in Ibadan in the early sixties, I was popular for singing on radio. One very important programme that popularised me was Variety Hello Fans. (He hummed the signature tune). The producer was the late Akinwande Oshin. I had been interacting with a lot of people and not too far from NBC was Mbari club being developed at that time, with a host of geniuses like Wole Soyinka, Christopher Okigbo, Aigboje Igo, and Ralph Okpara who were all there. Because I was curious about arts and all that, I became one of the young boys who were being tutored, but I was a very close apprentice to Prof Soyinka then. So in 1963, there was an advertisement for the School of Drama to be inaugurated at the University of Ibadan. We were all advised to apply and I applied and I think about 14 of us were selected. It included myself, Tunji Oyelana, Yomi Obileye, Yewande Akibo (Now Mrs Yetty Edewor), Paul Worika and Giringory (James Iroha) to mention a few. We were all admitted for the drama course (and) that was how I got interested in Drama. It sort of flowed with me, to the (extent) that I am writing my own books (of plays) now. But since both acting and music work together, if you a good actor you will be able to sing and carry the emotions through to people. Likewise if you a good singer you will be able to act. But it’s been Drama because I love playing roles. So I have played a lot of roles. That is why I said that acting has taken a larger part of my performance in life.

Since you said that Acting is a major part of your career, and you seem to obviously earn a living from it, I wonder how come you have not ventured into the Home Video Industry.

 You will be surprised that I came here to pick up an award on the Home Video situation. Not that I don’t or did not like playing. I have played some: ODUM, I acted the Regent in it, SANGO, I did the narrative voice and I was the old man that came out of the  Opa oranmiyan (The Staff of Oranmiyan) and AMIN ORUN by Dudu, and three others. It has to depend on the content of the story and has to be with who is involved. And one other thing, as a stage actor, I think I should still study how to act in such home movies. The energy, with which we drive characterisation on stage, is so different to the subtle simple natural carry on in home video movies. The stage actor in me will want to overact or over react when it comes to shooting these video scenes and I am always running away from such things because when you take that energy with which you attack a character on stage, to into a home movies, you will just be seen like a sore foot. And what more, there is that Yoruba adage that says if you want eat a frog, make sure that it is a frog that is loaded with palatable eggs. What I mean is that if you want to do anything the remuneration has to be there. The Yoruba movies especially they do it  like we do Owe. Owe in Nigeria, is a situation of Co operative, helping each other out when it my turn, you scratch my back, I scratch yours. To explain this some more, means you act I don’t have money to give you. When you are doing yours call me. And that is the reason why they have been able to raise the awareness of films into the level. But majority of us, with so many other projects we are handling, and I am not thinking of shooting a movie so I cannot beg them to come help.

What Award did you receive?

Outstanding Contributor to the Arts; Film Media. I thank them because it was very surprising to read that I have been given this award. I was even wondering when last I have been to London, how could they have known but it depends on what you have been doing. If you have a long list of presentation that you have been part of.  I am some body who will keep on doing and doing. I thank the African Voice who invited us for this Award.

Either in Music or Acting, your main context is from the Yoruba culture. I’m sure at some point you must have had options. But you draw mainly from the Yoruba cultural elements for expressions. It may sound silly but I would like to ask why.

As for my cultural depth. I say Cultural because all through my life, I have been able to portray seriousness about my culture. And this is due to the kind of people I work with. Even though Oga (Wole Soyinka) is one of the best English writers in the world, when you know him you will know that he is deeply culturally inclined. When we were apprenticing, you will know that he loves the culture, religion and everything. Even till now when you see him he will wear his Adire shirts. So you can imagine, when you have such an icon that you are understudying, there is no other way than for you to remain culturally attached. And not only the culture of the Yorubas because in Nigeria, a lot people will not that I am like an Octopus when it come to culture. I try to learn and investigate into other cultures of the people in my country. As for where and how, originally, I come from a compound that is a very culturally grouping up till now. We live in an Agbo – Ile, we live in an extensive family compound. My grandfather died a Lisa, My father died a Lisa. And I know that I don’t have the time to sit at home and be taking care of the town. But I know it is within my lineage it is Adeboye. When my grandfather was becoming a Lisa that was when I was born. That is why I am called Adeboye. I grew up with all the cultural embellishments that go on with a position like the Lisa. The rituals, festivals, And I cannot, regardless of so many international connections, exposures, I cannot. I rather remain very in depth cultural person. It’s part of my upbringing.

Still on the same issue, I would like to know how you see the Yoruba culture because some people believe that Yoruba is very urbane. It’s like the more enlightened, the more educated you are as a Yoruba man, the more Yoruba you are. I just want to know how you feel about that.

The culture of our people if you probe deeply into it, you will see that it is a high-grade pattern of life. So if you say elitist. I will not agree that it is elitist. I will agree that the people who handle some aspect  of our culture are respected and given some kind of special treatment but they are not totally elitist in their give back to the community. They are part of the people but they are given those respects because majority of what they does, are very important to the community. Let’s take for example the Baba Mogba worshippers. If there is a breakout of fire, the first person the King contacts is the Baba Mogba. Because he knows the he has an understanding of Sango, the God of Thunder and Fire. His position in the hierarchy is respected. The same goes to the man in charge of the Ogun Shrine; anything that concerns accident is his responsibility. Maybe that could be the elitist aspect of it. When they come out they have their retinue. They are highly respected. We believe that the Yoruba culture has a lot of philosophical guidelines for somebody who has the opportunity to listen, for somebody who wants to learn. There are some statements, idioms, proverbs and eight – long phrases that when you do understand what they mean, you can never be at fault. Once you remember some proverbs like Omo a bi re kii rinde oru meaning when it is late, get on home if you don’t want to get in trouble. Two three sentences and by the time you translate it and you let know what you are faced with in the translations you will not be at fault. Such are the strength in the culture of our people. Food culture, Dress culture House culture. It’s only that we have mixed a lot of foreign traits with them nowadays. We now have Hybrid Palaver in culture that is the problem we are having now. But beyond that if you stay to the rule and regulations of my culture, you will very little problems with the world.

You have been actively involved in the Arts and cultural development of at least a very significant part of that country and it is obvious that you have travelled through different generations and different governments. I wouldn’t want you to comment really on the present political dispensation. But I don’t think we are fooling each other if I say things are not well back home. And obviously it is affecting  every sphere. I am very sure that things are not like  the way it was then when you were at the Academy of Arts. I just want to know from your own view what you think is wrong. It is another silly question.

When it comes to talking about the political situation of Nigeria. As was, is, now, we are witnessing. The Yoruba man says Ajala tan mo? And the answer is Eyin na ni. We have problems. The politics of Nigeria is kind of funny. I am a silent watcher of events. Politics you can never give it to me and I buy it for a penny. Particularly in Nigeria, I don’t like how it is been played. Let’s just Zero in on the current political situation. I have great interest. Immediately he got there, Ah mean my President, Olusegun Obasanjo, we started feeling a little bit comfortable. Look at the way he is handling the Fuel situation. At a time, they were using it as a political tool against those that have too many cars. They will make sure that they didn’t have fuel. Look at it some parts of the country are more enlighten than others do. Even a blindman can feel it with his walking stick. When people who had controlled over the fuel were doing it to the detriment to those who needed fuel. I was told.   And they were making a lot of money. But since he got there, there has been a constant flow of fuel and the kudos goes to him. How he did it I don’t know. You see if you want to talk about the nation’s politics you have to look at the infrastructure that is why I am starting like this.  When you talking about politics you talking about the Executive, the Legislature, the Senate, the Opposition and all that. Before I left home, there was rumour about the Obasanjo impeachment. Because it is in the constitution that he should not do this, he did it, when people turn politics into one on one; you don’t like the face of that man, my people will not make me handle that, Oh! I should make sure that I do this because I am in a position to disgrace that man: Look it is Politics of Bread and Butter that is what we have in my country. As long there is money involved, some comfort for you, that is when politicising becomes great thing to you. But what do you to the people. My country is the only place where the people that are supposed to be making laws are not making laws. See what I have been enjoying in this country. It is a politics of Mess. That is what we are doing there. Instead of thinking about the people that voted you into power, you think first of yourself first. That is not politics. Please don’t ask me about politics in Nigeria O! Because what we have is just Blackmail, Bo o ba o pa, Bo o ba o bu lese. Politics in my country is so cheap. I sympathised with the people doing politics in my country. They will tell they are in Party A and they are holding clandestine meeting with Party B and C. How can you concentrate on treating the people. That is why people are suffering. Just imagine the money made by Nigeria, kept within the Executive, the Legislative because can you imagine everybody taking five hundred million and all of them will be in London drinking choice brandy eating in choice restaurant, where all us are hungry and dying there, Estacode here and there. Ah mean people should sit down play politics the way it should be played. Politics is a serious matter. See what I have been enjoying here since within the last few days that people had brought me here free of charge to come and relearn. That is why I can talk now. When you want to compare the politics you will see that we have scored nothing! Zero! It is just Backbiting Blackmailing. That is the type of politics we are playing in that place.

Since you had been around, you have been doing shows here and there. I also heard that you are working on a project album. What is that all about?

Yes. Before I came here, this young friend of mine, Kayode Samuel, came to Lagos talked about releasing some of my old works. And I think that it is hightime that somebody takes that aspect of me. Because I have some master tapes that I have not even printed. We have the idea, gone to the studio, record it and just forget about it.  Maybe I’m studying a line in a play, and I do not want it to disturb me. Some times I print some and by the time give to friends, it is all over and I do not go back to it. So some of these works is what Kayode and his friend Quinton Scott are working on. In fact they he has just written a nice resume that they will be putting on the album. Some we want to put out a collection of my works from the sixties through the eighties. By the end of this year, work must have been through and I’m very sure that you will enjoy my musical extravaganza that has not been fully exploited. This time a lot of people will be able to have all those works that I have just been hoarding to myself. They are going to include my very first solo effort; In the Beginning,   Prayer for the World; Ase, America has got Magic, which was an album I did in America, and there is Orin Orisa; Cantos de la Santos. And recently I did some research on Reproductive Health and I came out with sensitising tracks based on various issues on reproductive health, from Female genital mutilation, HIV AIDS, to sexually transmitted diseases STD. I call the album Asakasa. Just wait for it I’m sure you will like it.

I will to go back and ask one question regarding politics. Would you like to take up a political appointment? Probably some thing to do with the Arts.

Well it depends, at first when you started the question “Political Appointment” No. But to be appointed to salvage, help and put hard earned experiences into  the artistic development of my country, I will say yes.  Because you do not let Art and Politics blend. You don’t join them together. Look at my Brother, Broda Fela Anikulapko, his problem starting when he wanted to be political and not only as an activist but even when he wanted to run for President. We all believed that he would have done a lot of good things, and that is where everybody in the other camp, the politicians, the military people thinking that is where he started his problems. And you will that until he died, he was not a healthy man. These were political reprisals, so politics is too dirty game. Politicians don’t like opposition. They want every body dancing to their tunes. And I do not like dancing to tunes because normally, I am not a man with a grade of diplomacy, I just love to bohemian, I just want to be free, to be natural. People like would not want to have a political appointment par se except that he has change his mind to go in there and know how much of the government he came siphon. Look,  Politicians in Nigeria they live on the government, they suck the government and I do not want to be  mentioned as one of them. And if they like they had better change now. What is my concern with them self?  I don’t go knocking  on their doors, they don’t need me I do not need them. But the truth is bitter and it must be said. I do not want to be in any political situation. But if there is hard open agreement, seriously consignment that says Baba Agbalaba please do this for us, I will do it. If the politicians in this country know that Arts, Music, Film, Painting and Sculptor everything cultural, everything artistic can make so much money, that will just leave the Oil face. What they don’t know is that what some other countries living on are the earnings of some top artist of their nations. Because if the Artist can make millions, his tax will run into millions. But do they know? No politics for me. Thank you.

So when will be coming back to see us Sir?

From here on there is no stopping us. You will be seeing my aged face from time to time. Because it’s been a long time that I have been to London. There are so many things that I will like to do. I am working on a play that was sent to me from Manchester. It is a play about Osun. I am just building it up for production in Nigeria. There are a lot of things that will be bringing me back to London. Only not during winter.

What are your students like today? Back in the days you have trained students that are today celebrities themselves. What are they really like? Do they have that dedication?

Currently, I am the Artist-in-Residence at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Institute of Cultural Studies. The director is Professor Ishola Olomola. And the department that I am running, I have two graduates that are working with me on my play; Etiti – all eyes on you – I am always open. Nowadays, I share.  I don’t teach anymore. We share. Sharing is the most important aspect of my teaching experience. I have gone into villages to teach in that regard. We took the school into villages to teach Rice sellers, Bus Driver, Carpenters and taught them how to act. In this situation again, we share experiences with them. I have done it in about thirty to forty villages.

Can I understand a bit more about the term “Artist-in- Residence”

Yes as an Artist-in-Residence carries a lot of discipline and duties. I curate in the Arts Gallery, I create different programmes. I had a traditional Hair do and Head Care exhibition in a performance; I had a traditional folk song galore. Traditional folksongs from all over the world. We have created a Culture club for the students and another one for the staff. I write and direct plays. It is a lot of work. You see I hate being in a position just by the name of it. I love being in a position where the work you are doing will justify your position. So I am not limited to just one issue. I would have fallen sick.

Uncle Jimi, It’s being a great pleasure talking to you. I wish you the best of luck and God Guidance and of course, a safe journey back to Nigeria

Uncle Jimi, It’s being a great pleasure talking to you. I wish you the best of luck and God Guidance and of course, a safe journey back to Nigeria.

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Lagos Social Life Bubbles, Amidst Currency, Gas Tension



No matter the oddity life may throw at an average Lagosian, once a weekend approached, mostly starting from a Thursday, all are swiftly forgotten and cast into the furnace of the past. What next is a spectacle of boisterous merry making and conviviality. From Thursday, it is a common spectacle in the cosmopolitan and metropolitan State, to behold a coterie of gaily dressed young ladies, women, men of all ages. The old, the not too old, all in colourful aso ebi, with jaw dropping head gears and various styles of caps. To compliment the occasion, it is time for ladies to spice their style with outlandish make ups, high hills shoes. It is time for broad smiles as they cat walked their ways to different venues of social events. 

Indeed, no matter the precarious the situation is in the country, every weekends to a Lagosian is a party time. The trend is all over, particularly in Lagos Island and Mainland axis. Either it is in the traditional Isale Eko, Lagos Island, where every street is blocked to facilitate an “owanbe” or in the mainland axis of Mushin, Surulere, Ikeja or Agege, there is never a low moments for a Lagosian not to party, and hard they would party, such that watchers are often confounded by the volume of opulence on display at such parties.

And while the parties are in full swings, you can trust an average Lagosian, he seizes every available opportunity to make ends meet. At the parties, young ladies and boys, usually, were all over the guests, helping them to tying or re-tying their head gears, fixing eyes lashes and artificial nails. 

The parties do not give room for sobriety. As the official and unofficial entertainers usually swarmed the venues, drumming feverishly and singing. Also by the side are the notorious area boys. All combined to drive away whatever the hardship the country was experiencing. Lagos simply rocks, bubbles, on a weekends.

While residents of Ilesa, (Osun State), Kano, (Kano State), Katsina. (Katsina State), Ibadan, (Oyo State, and even neighbouring Abeokuta (Ogun State) groans, boiling with anger, with irate citizens furiously attacking banking facilities and government properties, Lagos was in its usual elements, rocking, bubbling, with full conviviality and excitements of merry makers. 

In Lagos, social parties, be it wedding, funerals or any other celebratory event, have a special allure; it is a place where all schisms within the society are bridged and a fusion of all political blocks. They bring together all gladiators, as all relate in atmosphere of conviviality devoid of the usual tension outside. At parties, chieftains of all parties frolics together, without bitterness. 

The parties of the past week in the metropolis were in sharp contrast to the narratives that occupies the society during the week. The week preceding the weekend was particularly tensed. All over the State, distressing reports of ATMs’ and banks’ inabilities to dispense cash were rife. Some banks even closed their branches by Tuesday and Wednesday of the week, yet by Friday, inexplicably, the cash resurfaces at the parties.

Since the tail end of December 2022, when Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigerian (CBN) rolled out the new re-designed currency notes, palpable tension has gripped the entire social, economic, and political fabrics of the country. The policy which was to terminate the old currency in January 31st and ushered in total usage of the new re-designed denominations of 200, 500 and 1,000 notes practically threw spanners into the entire system, thus grinding a lot of activities into a halt, and putting many families in distraught.

But as soon as it is weekend, all the hues and cries that followed the inadequate cash flow in the system were soon forgotten, as Lagosian turned their attentions to “owanbe things”. Social parties were surprisingly on in full swings in all the major Events’ Centres visited by reporters.

Our correspondent was at Lekki axis where Events’ Centres now seem to be the most viable business outfits, and ikeja. To our surprise, despite the strident lamentations of hard time and poor access to cash during the week, at parties, the scarce commodity was in huge excess in supply.

An attempt to speak with a man who simply identified himself as Akeem by was not successful, but he was heard boasting that he came to the party with five hundred thousand naira in 200, 500 newly re-designed denominations and that he had exchanged it all. 

The man was charging eight hundred naira on every two thousand naira exchanged.  Another currency dealer with a huge bag hung on his shoulders was brandishing a bundle of 200 and 500 new notes to attract buyers.   

At Oregun axis of Ikeja metropolis, where there are some high end Events’ Centres, all were fully booked and parties on-going as at the time of visitations. Same goes for the Kudirat Abiola way, Oregun, a neighbouring, while inside the Government Residential Area, parties were on-going in full swing. At the parties too were the ubiquitous currency dealers. They came in droves brandishing the notes that were not available at the regular banks and their Automated Teller Machines (ATM).

While the citizens grapple with the thought of how suddenly, cash became a major essential commodity, gas stations further compounded the ugly narrative. They refused to make a Point of Sales (POS) machine available and also at the same time, refused to accept fund transfer. Few motorists have cash, while they push stranded motorists to a POS operator within their premises, who imposed a further exorbitantly charges to dispense cash.

At a gas station in Ikeja, a motorists, Jude Chidenwa, lamented that he only needed some gallons of fuel to keep his car battery alive. According to him, he just bought the battery last December. “I bought this battery forty five thousand naira just before Christmas. The former one was destroyed because I left the car unused for months. Now this fuel crisis. I will try and do all I can to safeguard this one”, he promised himself. 

But not many motorists on the queue to buy fuel could understand the situation anymore. No Official seems to be talking. The dealer of the gas station offered an insight when approached. 

He did not want his name in print so he refused to divulge his name. He claimed there is no regular selling price now even from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), hence the irregular prices all over. Some dispense at 184 naira per litre, some 225, some 250, while some outrageously sell 350 naira litre.

But while the back and forth pains lasted, the Federal Government, Thursday, (9 February) was reported to have commenced the deployment of security agencies to filling stations across the country to enforce the use of Point of Sale (POS) machines and the acceptance of bank transfers at the various outlets. It said the move became vital following reports that some filling stations were rejecting POS machines and bank transfers from customers despite the severe cash crunch currently nationwide.

The government disclosed this through its Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, in a statement issued in Abuja by the agency’s General Manager, Corporate Communications and Stakeholders Management, Kimchi Apollo.

The statement read in part, “It has come to the attention of the NMDPRA that some retail outlets are not accepting the use of Point of Sale machines at their filling stations due to the recent cash crunch brought about by the new naira design.

“The authority frowns at this recent behaviour which is causing untold hardship for Nigerians at a time when all hands should be on deck to assist the government in the transition to the new naira.

“All retail outlets are directed to ensure the free use of POS and bank transfer for the sale of petroleum products to alleviate the suffering of customers at this critical time.”

The NMDPRA said it would work with law enforcement agencies to enforce the use of POS machines and acceptance of cash transfers at retail outlets, stressing that oil marketers who flout the directive would be dealt with.

“The authority and security agencies will be at retail outlets to ensure compliance with this directive and any filling station found violating this directive will be duly sanctioned.

The government agency re-assured the public that its commitment to ensuring good quality service in the sale and distribution of petroleum products nationwide.

Also, in the same vein, the Office National Security Adviser, (NSA) Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.) during the week expressed fears that recent policies introduced by the CBN may frustrate military operations, if not properly executed, as it will become difficult to pay officers on the battlefields.

The NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), made this known while appearing before the House Ad Hoc Committee on the CBN’s Cashless Policy and to Extend the Timeframe of the Currency Swap in Abuja on Thursday.The NSA was represented by Rear Admiral Abubakar Mustapha 

He stated that due to the “sensitivity of some of this information that will come out, bordering on security,” he would not want to divulge some details before the press.

Mustapha noted that he is a director in charge of an ONSA secretariat that conducts general security appraisal of elections and other security situations and exigencies in the office.

He also apologised to the committee “on behalf of my boss who is unavoidably absent.” He noted that Monguno was out of the country “on a very special meeting” and he was directed to represent the NSA.

Mustapha added, “But that being said, globally, military operations, even in the First World countries, such policies, if not properly thought out will affect some certain things where some of our soldiers are deployed to; in places where they cannot actually access digital means of paying for their daily subsistence, one of the main issues that the NSA has been talking about. It is important that this committee sits and articulate better ways of actually addressing these issues. He has directed a committee to write out his position to assist the (House) committee on its mandate.”

While the cash crunch bites harder, the President hastily convened an emergency meeting of the National Council Of State in Aso Rock, Abuja.

The meeting rose Friday (10 February) afternoon with an order to Mr. Emefiele, the CBN Governor to “immediately order the printing of more new Naira notes or recirculate the old notes back into the system”.

The Council also agreed unanimously to obey the ruling of the Supreme Court ordering the stoppage of the withdrawal of the old notes indefinitely. (C2023)

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ASUU insists on full agreement before resumption



ASUU Strike

If the stand of the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), was anything to work on, then the road to resolution of the action may still be far
The Union stated in a tweet Sunday (July 31) that the “Federal government must implement its agreement before they return to class”.
The Executive Committee of the Union shall be meeting tomorrow (August 1) to take a final decision whether to call off the twenty-two weeks old strike.

The Federal Minister of Education, Dr. Adamu Adamu had promised that the students should be back to school by “late August or September ending’ at a point in July.
But the National President of the Union on Teusday (July 27) adamantly insisted that the students have to “be patient’ as the action might dragged for years.
National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke was quoted Teusday (July 27) imploring the “Nigerian students to be patient with the union in its current struggles”.
Prof. Osodeke had said “two years is not too much to sacrifice.”
“Two Years is not too much to sacrifice as a student, be patient with us while we fight this fight to the very end”, he said in Tweet.
Already ASUU members have been having problems with members of the society. The Union alleged in a tweet that one Abdul Kareem from Jigawa State, stoned the Chairman of ASUU branch in Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
Also, a lecturer from University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State claimed she now hawks potatoes ti survive. (C 2022)

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