- Femi Fani-Kayode said the NLC does not have any moral justification to declare a nationwide strike over the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu
- The NLC president, Joe Ajaero, had announced that there would be a nationwide strike starting from Wednesday, June 7, if the president refuses to return fuel prices to the status quo
- However, Fani-Kayode, in a tweet on Monday, June 5, alleged that the NLC is acting on the instruction of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party
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FCT, Abuja - A former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Monday, June 5, said that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is acting out a script.
'Why subsidy must go despite NLC's resistance' - Fani-Kayode
The All Progressives Congres (APC) chieftain wondered why the NLC leadership did not go on strike when the naira redesign policy was causing chaos in the country.
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"The leadership of the NLC did not threaten to go on strike when the sadistic monster called Emefiele introduced his horrendous, callous, wicked, malevolent, barbaric, vicious, self-seeking, politically-motivated, unconstitutional and illegal cash confiscation and money deprivation policy that resulted in the suffering, hunger, destruction, death, hardship, depression, frustration, madness and despair of millions of our people.
"Instead they are threatening to go on strike over the implementation of a well-thought out and credible policy on oil subsidy which the Nigerian people endorsed by voting for a President who promised to remove it and which, though initially tough, will inevitably and eventually result in the restoration and ressurection of our economy and ensure that we have the necessary funds and resources for massive infrastructural development."
He described the union's action as hypocrisy. He asked if their action was not proof they were in the hands and power of Peter Obi, and also acting out a script.
"If Peter orders them to jump they will ask, "Bwana, how high?" he added.
Fan-Kayode vowed that "whether the NLC likes it or not the oil subsidy will go". According to him, "that is the only way to save our country from the fiscal challenges".
Read the full statement below:
How President Tinubu's subsidy removal splits NLC
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the NLC experienced a setback in its planned industrial action slated for Wednesday, June 7.
According to reports, it appeared that the union was divided ahead of the set date for the strike as northern and southwest states' chapters of the NLC were pulling out of the proposed industrial action.