- Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU president, disclosed that the federal government had asked the union to give them time, as they deal with the situation
- Ogunyemi further disclosed that the association was giving suggestions to the government, even as it monitors the ongoing efforts
- The ASUU president linked the recent order for the redeployment of service chiefs to Borno state, as part of the efforts to secure the release of the abducted lecturers
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed that the union is still in talks with the federal government about how to secure the release of some University of Maiduguri lecturers abducted by Boko Haram terrorists, Punch reports.
In a recent interview, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU President, stated that he could not divulge further details for security reasons, even as he stressed that the union had been assured by the government, of ongoing efforts.
He stated: “The government has asked us to give them some time. Our members are working with them.
“We have also given them our suggestions, and they have told us to give them time.
“We are monitoring the efforts.
“The government did not give us the full details.
“But you recall that the service chiefs were also asked to relocate to Borno. So efforts are on.”
The lecturers had been abducted by the terrorists in the Barno Yasu area of the Magumeri local government area of Borno State, during an oil exploration trip.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that no fewer than 70 lecturers resigned from the University of Maiduguri, following the outbreak of Boko Haram attacks in the north-east.
Also, while five lecturers were killed, three were taken hostage by the insurgents during the recent attack on oil workers.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of the Nigerian Air Force's operations against Boko Haram: