The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed its readiness to call off its prolonged strike.
Femi Falana, the counsel for ASUU reiterated the union's optimism in the favourable outcome of the ongoing discussions between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the House of Representatives.
Falana made this expression on Monday in a chat with Channels Television after the Court of Appeal in Abuja ordered the striking lecturers to go back to work immediately.
“The legal advice that I will give to my clients is confidential.
"But I can assure you that the strike will soon be called off,” Falana asserted.
The Senior lawyer explained that he would advise his clients accordingly once he receives the certified copy of the court order of last Friday.
“Advising clients to call off a strike is the most difficult aspect of my practice. On one occasion, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) and I spent six hours persuading Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other NLC (Nigeria Labour Congress) to call off a strike in compliance with a court order. Our advice to ASUU will be based on the court order and other relevant reports.
“I am reasonably confident that the consultations between the House and the Presidency will yield positive results in the interest of the striking lecturers and the students,” he further said.
Falana also hinted at the end of the eight-month-old strike at the book launch of ‘Breaking Coconut With Your Head’ by Lanre Arogundade on Monday in Lagos.