Can it really be possible that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state does not understand the Nigerian constitution?

When a group of scholars – the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) makes such submission about a public officer, then it should be worthy of consideration, shouldn’t it?

The damning judgement passed on Bello came following his purported proscription of the union activities in the Kogi State University.

This was because of the lecturers’ failure to end their six months old strike.

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In a press briefing in Calabar, the Cross-River State capital, the Calabar zone of ASUU said Bello’s action was ridiculous and a national embarrassment.

They made it clear that Governor Bello had no such power to ban the union and their statement was also endorsed by the zonal coordination of ASUU, Prof. Nsing Ogar.

The Chairman of ASUU, University of Calabar, Dr. Tony Eyang, reading the union’s submission, said Bello’s action showed that he had no knowledge of the country’s constitution, which puts unions in the exclusive list.

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“By purportedly banning ASUU KSU’s activities, Governor Bello has exposed his lack of understanding of the constitutionality of union matters in Nigeria, which belong to the Exclusive Legislative List.

“The governor has also shown his ignorance of the fact that he has neither the locus nor the power to ban a duly registered union or a part of it and its activities.”

The Calabar zone of ASUU comprises the University of Calabar, University of Uyo, Cross River University of Technology, Abia State University, Akwa Ibom State University, Ebonyi State University and the Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo.