Group of protesters under the ageis of Coalition of Civil Society Groups (CCSG) on wednesday staged a protest in Abuja against the sack of the 13 vice-chancellors of universities and the appointment of new ones to replaced them.
The protesters barricaded the National Assembly, where they chanted solidarity songs, carrying placards with inscriptions such as: â€˜Adamu must goâ€™, â€˜reinstate the sacked VCs nowâ€™ and â€˜Nigeria needs a better administrator in the Education Ministryâ€™, among others.
The chairman of the coalition, Bassey-Williams Etuk, called on President Muhammdu Buhari to relieve the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, of his appointment â€œbecause he knows nothing.â€ According to him, the sacking of the VCs and their replacement with people mostly from the north violated the federal character principle.
â€œSix professors were taken from Bayero University, Kano as replacementâ€¦ Haba! Why? â€œ, one of their placards reads.
A petition to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was later handed over to the National Assembly Deputy Sergeant-At-Arms, Mr. Dennis Maaji.
The protesters later proceeded to the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Education located at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja. The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Folashade Esan, told THISDAY that the ministry was yet to receive the official complaints by the group.
The group told journalists that should government fail to heed its demands, it would have to seek redress at the law court.