Nigerians on social media, Friday, knocked the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, over his comments regarding the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Keyamo had on Friday night featured on a programme on Channels Television.
When questioned on the plans of the government to ensure a speedy end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the human rights activist turned politician noted that the government had done enough and wouldn’t borrow to pay ASUU.
Keyamo further appealed to Nigerian parents to “beg” ASUU.
“I will tell the parents, everybody to go and beg ASUU like the President said the other time, those who know them should appeal to their sense of patriotism. The nation can not ground to a halt because we want to take care of the demands of ASUU,” Keyamo had said.
While commenting on the development, a Facebook user, Onyema Charles, said, “But you borrowed N1.14 billion to procure Prado jeep for Niger Republic..”
Another Facebook user, Ape Sesugh, said, “But you can buy SUVs for Niger Republic right? Shame on Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.”
Another Facebook user, Abonyi Sunday, said, “Nigeria is a wonderful country, it borrows from China, spends it in the Niger Republic and leaves debts for future generations.”
Also commenting on the development, a Twitter user, @gadgetdish, tweeted, “ In summary, ‘we can’t borrow to invest in education but we can borrow to purchase 1.4 billion worth of 10 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 for the Niger Republic’… There was a country!”
Another tweep, Prince Odumola, tweeted, “But they can borrow to buy SUV for Niger Republic? 2023 is here already.”
The PUNCH reports that under Keyamo’s comments came calls for speedy interventions for the resolutions of the ongoing strike by ASUU.