The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria has said it will hold the government of Ghana and the University of Education responsible should any harm befall Nigerian Professor, Austin Nwagbara.
“They should take notice that should anything untoward happen to Professor Nwagbara, the authorities of the University of Winneba and the government of Ghana would be held squarely responsible with its reciprocal consequences for Nigeria-Ghana relations and the Ghanaian community in Nigeria”
Professor Nwagbara’s contract was on Wednesday terminated by the University of Education, Winneba where he was a visiting scholar.
The termination followed a leaked video in which the Professor was seen advising Nigerians on to how to regain their integrity in Ghana.
The University in a statement said the professor was found to have grossly misconducted himself by his utterances.
But in a release signed by Chairman of the Association, Dele Ashiru, the Association said the dismissal is unlawful.
“Our Union ASUU-UNILAG received with anguish, the reports of harassment, intimidation and detention of one of our colleagues Professor Austin Nwagbara who is currently on sabbatical at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, based on a leaked video of a meeting addressed by the erudite Professor.”
“It is the opinion of our Union that no matter how scathing the views of Professor Nwagbara may be to the authorities of the University at Winneba, the Government and people of Ghana, the fact remains that Professor Nwagbara’s views should be viewed within the context of academic freedom guaranteed by Article 3 and 4 of the Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility which states that.”
“No African intellectual shall in any way be persecuted, harassed or intimidated for reasons only of his or her intellectual work, opinions, gender, nationality or ethnicity.
Prof. Nwagbara in the video, which has gone viral on social media, accused the University of Ghana of overcharging Nigerian students and asked such students to take over the university and others in Ghana.
In the video, the said Professor also admonished the students to use the Nigerian media to highlight the injustices Nigerians in Ghana suffer to the international community.
Prof. Austin Nwagbara arrested
Prof. Austin Nwagbara was arrested and interrogated at the police headquarters in Accra over the contents of the video but was later granted bill.
According to the Professor, Nigeria already has a bad image mainly because of how they have been branded by others, especially by Ghana, so it is time to reciprocate that by coming up with innovative ideas and strategies.
In the said video, he was speaking in a meeting with Nigerian students.