The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to fight on despite the application of no work, no pay rule by the federal government against its members for their failure to suspend the nationwide strike which has now entered its fourth month.
Blaming those advising President Goodluck Jonathan to apply the rule, the body, which described the move as 'barbaric, obsolete and inhuman', said no amount of pressure would deter the union from making the Federal Government to implement the agreements reached with it in 2009.
According to a statement by its Ilorin Zone Coordinator, Dr. Ayan Adeleke, in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State, yesterday, ASUU said owners of private universities, who had allegedly been advising the President to whip it to line through no work, no pay rule, are doing it for selfish motives.
Ayan, who doubles as the chairman of the Ekiti State University chapter of the academic body, expressed disappointment at federal government's resort to blackmail to force ASUU to back down on the struggle, saying this would further aggravate the situation.
He urged the people and organisations appealing to ASUU to call off the strike to also prevail on the federal Government to implement the agreements freely entered into with it in 2009.
Describing as unfortunate the decision of the President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Yinka Gbadebo, to dissociate itself from ASUU's strike, Ayan said the action was least expected from a body the academic union was trying to protect.
Ayan, "We will not succumb to blackmail. We will remain focused and insist that the 2009 agreements be implemented."