by Paul Osas
The splinter group of the Peoples Democratic Party aka the ‘new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP’) led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, has called on all her members worldwide to embark on seven days fasting and prayers commencing from Monday, 16th of September, 2013.
According to Baraje, it has become urgent to seek God’s face to end the face-off between the PDP led Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“It has become imperative to seek the face of God over this matter considering that all efforts to resolve this unwarranted strike have failed woefully and considering the socio-economic damage this strike has caused both parents and our children. We are confident that our resolve to go to God will succeed as the importance of fasting and prayers cannot be over emphasized” the party chairman said in a press release.
He stressed that “this spiritual intervention is as a result of the concern of the Baraje-led PDP for the plight of parents and our children due to the continued closure of public universities following the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to protest the Federal Government’s failure to keep the agreement it signed with the Union in 2009”
The call for fasting and prayers was contained in a press release to The African Opinion signed by the new PDP spokesperson, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka.
The statement said: “Muslims all over the nation and abroad who are PDP members should close their fast by this Friday, 20th of September, 2013, at their places of worship while the Christians should end theirs on Sunday, 22nd September, 2013 at their places of worship.”
The release reads further: “To say the least, we are shocked that the government inflicting this monumental hardship on Nigerians is a PDP Government popularly elected by majority of Nigerians and run by a President who was once a University Lecturer. In this regard, we wish to plead with Nigerians for forgiveness on behalf of the PDP Government at the centre, which could have avoided this costly strike. We wish to assure all Nigerians that as a party we will surely find a way to end this shameful situation.”
Meanwhile, Alhaji Baraje has set up a four-man Committee with His Excellency, Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger State as Chairman to advise the party on the best way to get the Federal Government’s Negotiating Committee and the leadership of ASUU to reach an agreement on the issues at stake and thus end this three-month-old strike. Other members of the Committee are His Excellency, Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, Hon. Chinwo Ike, President of UNIPORT Alumni, and Mr. Timi Frank, the PDP National Youth Leader.
“We sincerely solicit the patience of Nigerians while appealing to both the Federal Government and the leadership of ASUU to end this imbroglio so that our children may go back to school instead of engaging in acts inimical to their future. The need for this has become urgent as reports reaching us indicate that many of these students have out of frustration and boredom turned to prostitution, armed robbery and other vices due to the prolonged industrial action,” the statement said.