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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Nigeria’s woes caused by political leaders — NLC, TUC

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja

The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria have said the hardship and woes in the country should be blamed on the ruling political elite, rather than on federalism.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, and the TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama, who said this during a joint press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, condemned the threats and counter-threats from the northern and southern regions, saying Nigeria could not afford another civil war.

The labour unions warned Nigerian workers, pensioners and peasants not to allow ‘a few desperate persons use them as cannon fodders’ to achieve selfish interests.

The unions’ presidents said the issues under contention would be resolved through good governance and a sustained fight against corruption.

The NLC boss said, “Our common enemy, whom we must all resolve to face, remains the corrupt political class, who, instead, of utilising our wealth, choose to loot for themselves and for their children. We, as labour unions, are determined to stop our elite from throwing our nation into another avoidable civil war.

“By no imagination should anyone blame the escalating injustice, poor living conditions; inability of states to pay salaries, massive unemployment and other lows on the structure of our federation.

“You have been witnesses to the degeneration of the national conversation into threats and counter-threats; of pulling down the federation by desperate forces, all of which were conveyed in vile language.

“Those fanning the embers of disunity need to be schooled in the realities of war. We appeal to all parts of Nigeria not to fall cheaply for war as a solution to our self-inflicted crisis. Let us, therefore, not allow them to use the poor Nigerian workers, pensioners and peasants as cannon fodders for their selfish interests.”

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