The Nigerian Labour Congress recently gave Wednesday as deadline to the Federal Government to reverse the price of petrol or face a total nationwide strike . The President of the Union Comrade Ajaero, a supporter of the Labour Party Presidential Candidate in the just concluded elections, made the disclosure on Friday in Abuja after an emergency meeting of NLC NEC. He ordered all State Affiliates of the Union to start mobilising for the mother of all strikes if the NNPC and FG refuse to reverse the price.
However, the apex umbrella body of all Yoruba indigenous people, Yoruba Council Worldwide, YCW, has described the bid to embark on strike action by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, over the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government as an act of economic sabotage.
The group said it was astonished to see Joe Ajaero and Emmanuel Ugboaja led Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to have declared strike action via a trending circulated letter dated June 2, 2023, to commence strike action on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, against President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s led Federal Government on the removal of the fuel subsidy in the wake of the inauguration on May 29, 2023. , Their shock was made known in a statement issued by its President, Aare (Oba) Oladotun Hassan (Esq) and made available to Sunday Vanguard.
According to the Association as highlighted in their statement, “Based on evidence at our disposal, the proposed NLC planned strike is an act of economic sabotage, calculated at truncating the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, consequently amounting to Double standards and Treasonable felony.”
The organisation also said they are surprised to see the ill-motivated chaotic action to picket CBN offices nationwide and not NNPCL which according to them is a deliberate premeditated ploy of the Labour Party manifested to cause monumental havocs, considering the siemese political affinity and negative positions of NLC and Labour Party at the last Presidential election, and their earlier treacherous declarations led by the Labour Party’s Vice Presidential candidate Datti Baba Ahmed to make the current government ungovernable.
“Surprisingly, this is the same political campaign Agenda of the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate Peter Obi to remove and scrap fuel subsidies immediately if elected, so what has changed?”, the organisation lamented.
The statement further reads, “It is highly hypocritical to see the Labour Union Leaders and their ilk involved in such deceitfully clandestine and criminally crafted plans, considering the purveyors of the strike action who are mainly hardcore “Obidients” using the sentiments of the current economic situation to orchestrate the ill-motivated chaotic total shutting down of the economy.”
“It is on this premise we call on all law enforcement agencies, particularly the DSS to stop any act of NLC declared protests, for this is a dangerous prescription to nosedive the ship of government and throw the country into abyss.” YCW begged.
Warning the NLC to desist from the strike, the Organisation said, “We hereby serve as a note of warning to the Nigeria Labour Congress and all her affiliates to desist from this political grandstanding evil machinations to disrupt the wheel of progress of governance predicated on the successful start of a renewed hope agenda.”