‘How ASUU can reinvent itself, return to political past’


A multilateral diplomat and former University of Lagos (UNILAG) teacher Dr Babafemi Badejo relives his union leadership days during the military regime and writes on how the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) can re-invent itself.

November 26, 2019, was an important day for me. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Lagos (UNILAG) Branch organised a day to appreciate the services of mainly past chairmen of the branch.

Mrs Folashade Sikirat Akingbade, the surviving wife of my late comrade in the struggle against military dictatorships (Major-General Muhammadu Buhari and General Ibrahim Babangida), Prof. J. Funsho Akingbade, had invited me and Professors Akere, Kukoyi and Okusanya (Akingbade’s friends till the end), to join her in receiving a posthumous award in his name.

My invitation did not come from ASUU UNILAG Branch. I believe it should have, for I was in the trenches with Prof. Akingbade in the period 1987-1993.

I started as Assistant…



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