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We are not after your job. You seem oblivious of the profound hardships endured by millions of Nigerians - NLC replies Tinubu
 
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Sat, 2 Mar 2024   ||   Nigeria,
 

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has responded to President Bola Tinubu saying that the union is not after his job, but only wants better living conditions for Nigerian workers.

On Thursday, February 29, Tinubu made an outburst where he criticized the Tuesday nationwide protest organized by the NLC over the worsening hunger, suffering and poverty across the country. Tinubu told the NLC to 'meet him' in 2027 if they wanted to do politics, but the NLC says the protest has no political undertone as Nigerian workers are suffering.

In a statement by its President, Joe Ajaero, NLC said, “The recent statements attributed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu during the commissioning of the Red-Line Railway Project have sparked deep concern within the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

“We find these remarks, particularly those concerning the role of Labour in governance, to be profoundly at variance with the struggles faced by ordinary Nigerians under existing policies.

“President Tinubu’s insinuation that Labour lacks the moral ground to challenge his administration, merely nine months into office, is deeply troubling. Moreover, his focus on partisan issues and the distant 2027 election cycle, rather than the urgent needs of the populace, further underscores a disconnect from the realities faced by Nigerians on a daily basis.

“It is regrettable that the President seems oblivious to the profound hardships endured by millions of Nigerians. The pervasive hunger, unemployment, housing insecurity, and escalating costs of basic necessities such as food and healthcare demand immediate attention and decisive action. Yet, instead of addressing these pressing concerns, President Tinubu appears preoccupied with political calculations and future electoral prospects.

“The NLC wishes to emphasize that our primary objective is not to vie for political positions, including that of the President. Rather, our sole focus is on advocating for effective governance that prioritises the welfare and security of all Nigerians. We urge President Tinubu to redirect his efforts towards fulfilling this fundamental duty of public office, rather than engaging in political rhetoric.

“It is imperative that we refocus our collective energy on addressing the substantive issues that have been the subject of engagement between Labour and the government since June 2023. These include critical matters such as wage increases, social welfare programs, infrastructure development, and the revitalisation of key sectors such as education and healthcare,” the statement partly read.

 

 

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