|Well, let's come and reason together|
APOLOGIES: If you feel this email does not concern you, please forward to
someone else who cares about the future of Nigeria. Thank you.
Nigeria's intellectual capital is almost rotting away as I write! For between 3
and 6 months, students have been out of school - not because they wish to be. On
Saturday, over 1 million youths will write the JAMB exam but the Universities
can only take about 300,000 (and that's stretching it) and where do the rest go?
The few ones that make it to school may spend two sessions listening to the news
to find out when resumption (from strikes) will be. This situation is worse than
the Iraqi war because its seeming non-violent nature hides the danger it sprays
into our future. Without playing with words, I know that Nigeria can afford to
provide qualitative education for all - just sum up campaign proceeds (or
expenses) and have an idea of how much money can be used for education!
Whoever is in charge needs to listen to the voice of the students as it comes in
this email below. Please forward this email from The Intellectual Group (a
network of students who are tired of wasting away) to as many people as you can
- including the Minister of Education, ASUU President, and all the powers that
I support this campaign for many reasons, one of which is the fact that Nigerian
students are using ICTs to voice their opinion. I wish to say that we do not
intend to go as far as jamming websites or hacking - but please listen now so
that there will be no eAlutas. they can be worse than the "Ali Must Go" rally in
electronic form. The message (uneditted) follows.... ALL the best! eAluta
contnua! Victria Ascerta!
We represent a handful of students like you who are presently sharing the boring
and wasteful time at home. No thanks to the ongoing faceoff between the federal
Govt. and ASUU. And we have simply decided to take a stand, because wether we
admit it or not we are the real victims of the ongoing strike. Listening to one
of Asuu's chieftain in a recent interview on TV, He said, 'The students and
their parents are not concerned about the ongoing strike. If they are they would
pour out onto the street enmasse in protest'.
We disagree with him totally. We are so concerned but as intellectuals, knowing
what our trigger happy policemen can do, we cannot afford to endanger our life
unneccessarily. What we believe is this, we believe that what the entire student
populace needs is a platform to express herself and the right platform is what
we intend to raise together with you.
You would agree with us that both sides in the face off have their points and
some of us are in support of our university dons while another reasonable part
of us are in support of the federal Govt. You would also agree with me that the
common ground that we have together is the determination to see our schools
reopened in quick time.
How do we prove to the outside world that we want our institutions reopened,
that we are very much concerned about the fast deteriorating pace the university
educational sector is facing and also that we are tired of sitting down at home
doing basically nothing?
In finding answers to this questions, we have decided to embark on a simple but
logical project that would shock the stakeholders in the educatinal sector that
we mean business. We have decided to bombard the Federal Ministry of Education,
ASUU and the Nigeria Universities Commission with phone calls, text messages and
e-mails. All our messages would convey a simple mesage 'OPEN OUR UNIVERSITIES'.
This unique project, the first of its kindis expected to run through 20th April
- 27th April 2003, spanning a period of two weeks. But note NO PROFANE OR
ABUSIVE WORDS. Just imagine 100,000 students participating in this project, you
know we can generate the neccessary publicity that would push the stakeholders
to do something to the situation on ground.
The number and email adress to mail and call are provided below.
NUC: email@example.com, Phone: 09 4133185
Fed Min of Educ.: Phone:
PUNCH: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com OR
The effectiveness of this project depends on getting a large number of students
to participate and we are depending on you to forward this mail to as many
students as you can reach. Pass the message around in whatever form you know
To be able to gather the statistics and records of students participating in
this project, please send a mail with the subject "Count me in" (include your
name and institution) to these adresses firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Because of the sheer bulk of the project we need volunteers who can spare their
time and resources for the success of this project. To register as a volunteer
send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ibrahim on 08037227455. For
general information and question refer to email@example.com or visit
Note you can also send e-mails, letters and articles to various newspaper houses
media houses and phone-in programm during the protest from April1-14th 2003.
Thanks in Anticipation
"Don't sit down waiting for the change when you can be the change".
Due to our inability to get the email address of asuu and its phone number, we
have decided to send the emails and phone calls to NUC and PUNCH newspapers.
Punch newspapers was chosen because it is the most widely read newspaper in
PROJECT PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: THE INTELLECTUAL GROUP