- The NLC says it won't back down in its five days planned protests in Kaduna state
- The labour unions, however, alleged that there are plans to attack them during their street processions
- According to NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, thugs have been mobilised to disrupt their protests by the Kaduna government
The president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, has alleged that the Kaduna government has hired 50 truckloads of thugs to attack protesting workers in the state.
Wabba stated this on Wednesday morning, May 19 while featuring on a Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.
Wabba alleged that the governor paid N500 each to some youths to disrupt the demonstration of the workers who protested the mass sacking of civil servants in the state on Tuesday, May 18.
“As I speak with you this morning, the security agencies are already there and they (Kaduna state government) have hired about 50 trucks of thugs to try to invade the NLC state office where our people are already converging.
“Is this democracy? Even under military, labour leaders, labour laws have not been violated as it is today.
“The security agencies are already there, they are taking pictures, they are recording everything, all the vehicles, all the people.”
Meanwhile, a civil society organization, Journalists Against Poverty, has described Governor El-Rufai as a terrible disaster.
He lacks compassion and basic crisis management skills. He has been over-pampered over the years as an "accidental public servant." He is unfit for the post he occupies.
In a related development, the Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centre in Africa, PAACA, has called on Governor El Rufai to immediately reverse his mass sack of workers in Kaduna state.
The group made the call in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 18, and signed by its executive director, Ezenwa Nwagwu.
According to the group, the action by the governor is insensitive at a time Nigeria is battling with harsh economic realities.
On its part, elected governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Tuesday, May 18 called for an amicable resolution of the ongoing face-off between the Kaduna state government and the NLC.
The governors under the platform of Progressive Governors's Forum in a statement issued by its chairman, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and seen by Legit.ng, called for a truce and advised both parties to engage in peaceful negotiation.