The Anglican Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Anambra State, Rt. Rev. Ndubuisi Obi, has told members of the Academic State Union of Universities (ASUU) that they are wasting their time and those of parents and students by remaining on strike.
The bishop spoke on Tuesday in Nnewi ahead of the 2022 Diocesan Synod with the theme: “Understanding the times.”
Obi told the lecturers that remaining on strike was not advisable as they were talking to both a failed and deaf government.
According to him: “When you’re talking and those, you’re talking to are not listening, I think the best thing is to keep quiet until and when another government comes in, you can start talking again.
“Experience has shown us there’s no need flogging a dead horse.
“The truth is that the present government has failed.
“That’s why I’m quarrelling with ASUU.
“Why are you striking when those you’re striking for don’t even understand what you’re doing?
“Why not go back to class and continue teaching while we prayerfully wait for the government to leave in peace so we can recover our country again?
“I don’t think this government has the capacity of doing more than what they’re doing, whether in the area of security, education or otherwise.”
Obi also told Nigerians not to take the promise by President Muhammadu Buhari serious when he said he would not interfere in the 2023 elections.
He said this could be seen with the names of appointees submitted by Buhari to the National Assembly for confirmation as Independent National Electoral Commission Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioners allegedly being largely members of the President’s party, All Progressives Congress.
He said: “Unless you’re not conversant with the nation’s politics, all the names submitted to the National Assembly for appointment of INEC commissioners are generally believed to be APC carrying members.
“How can you say someone doing such a thing would not be interested in interfering with the election?
“Even the Senate President has told us that whatever the President brings to them will fly.
“I think they have their own agenda.
“But we believe God has His own plans, which supersedes every other plan.”
Bishop Obi listed the achievements of the Diocese to include growth in education, health, agriculture, oil and gas, among other sectors, adding that 38 new churches were planted, while 18 Archdeacons were ordained under his watch.