- The presidency has lashed out on interest groups who are angry with the NLC over the suspended strike
- A presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, in a statement, alleged that the renewed calls for industrial actions are just targetted against the Buhari-led administration
- Adesina called on Nigerians to reasons with the necessary decisions of the federal government at this trying time
The presidency has lashed out on some civil society organisations who are currently at odds with the Nigeria Labour Congres (NLC) for shelving the planned nationwide strike.
A presidential media aide, on Sunday, October 4, Femi Adesina, in a statement claimed that these groups intend to avenge the Occupy Nigeria protest allegedly used to rubbish the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration in 2012, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Adesina alleged these angry persons and enemies of the country believed that that the protest at the time was eventually used to oust the former president from office.
The media aide, therefore, called on Nigerians to ignore such interest groups who secretly intend to use their renewed calls for another strike to influence the 2023 presidential election.
Adesina advised Nigerians to understand that times are hards and that the government needs to make some tough decisions in the interest of the masses.
“For some interest groups, their intention was to use the umbrella of the strike to further their whimsical and pie-in-the-sky dream of a revolution in the country. It went bust in their faces.
“For some others, Bitter-Enders, who have remained entrenched in pre-2015 and 2019 elections mode, it was an opportunity to avenge the 2012 Occupy Nigeria protests, which they believe largely devalued the government of the day, and led to its eventual ouster in 2015.
“The strike that was to have come up last week, they wanted to use as an opportunity for a pound of flesh, which they calculated would weaken the government so much, and influence the 2023 elections. For them, it was all about hankering for power, its trappings and appurtenances. Nothing about love of country. They have since then been calling Organized Labour all sorts of names, claiming they deceived Nigerians."
Earlier, the NLC on Friday, September 25, insisted on going on a nationwide strike over the hike in petrol price and electricity tariff.
This position of the NLC came after the federal government secured a fresh order from the Nigeria Industrial Court (NIC) restraining the union from going ahead with the action.
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