Professor Festus Iyayi is dead.
Comrade Iyayi a former National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) died in a car accident early hours of today on his way to a meeting in resolving the ongoing strike action.
He was heading for the Kogi State Congress of the university union when died.
Festus Iyayi (born 1947, in Ugbegun in Ishan) is a Nigeria writer known for his radical and sometimes tough stance on social and political issues. Iyayi employs a realistic style of writing, depicting the social, political and moral environment and system both the rich and poor live and work in.
As a member of staff of the University, he became interested in radical social issues, and a few years after his employment, he became the president of the local branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), a radical union known for its upfront style on academic and social welfare. He rose to the position of president of the national organization in 1986, but in 1988, the union was briefly banned and Iyayi was detained, in that same year he won the Commonwealth Prize for Literature for his book Heroes. He was later removed from his faculty position.
Iyayi in an interview said he was asked to pack faeces with my bare hands in under the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
Professor Festus Iyayi has warned that the stability of Nigeria will be threatened if the problem of youth unemployment