ASUU vs Rema vs UNILAG: Music star indicates interest in switching to private university if strike is not called off

On January 7, Rema broke the news of admission to the “University of First Choice” in Nigeria, the University of Lagos (UNILAG). He wrote of getting admission into the Creative Arts department, in Rema’s words: “What if I told y’all I got an admission into Unilag? Lol Mom said I still need to get a degree sigh, oh well see you guys in class!” but just over a month later, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the body in which all Federal and some state-owned universities lecturers pledge to went on strike, invariably halting all forms of academic activities due to unpaid fees due them by the Nigerian Federal Government (FG).

Yesterday (18 April) Rema went on his twitter page to plead with ASUU, asking them to call off the the now two-month-and-counting strike, lamenting not attending even one class since the suspension of academic activities affected him and the incoming 2021/2022 set directly. “ASUU, since dem give me admission I neva start school o, e don do nau!” Rema cries out loud.

Before Unilag could reply, Bowen University—a private university sleekly shot their shot at Rema, telling him ASUU will not be a hindrance to his academics if he chose to switch to their school. It is common knowledge that the ongoing ASUU strike does not affect any private university as they are not being governed by the Federal Government so to speak.

Rema would go further to acknowledge Bowen University’s open invite, teasing UNILAG: “I’m blushing” in response to the Bowen University but UNILAG did well to reply this time around, protecting their own. Skillfully giving him a reason to wait on them, they annotated and modified the lyrics to “Jo” from his debut album “Rave & Roses”, assuring he has been chosen by the prestigious institution and therefore need not change his mind. Ending the lyrical modification, they plead, “Rema no dey vex for us o“.

Rema seems not to be having it as he states he is already contemplating switching universities from Federal to private if the strike does not end soon. Stating “the youths are not happy” as one of the primary reasons.

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