BREAKING: NLC Suspends Nationwide Protests, Gives Reason

BREAKING: NLC Suspends Nationwide Protests, Gives Reason

  • The NLC has explained why, on Tuesday night, it announced the suspension of the two-day warning protest to President Bola Tinubu-led federal government
  • According to the labour leader, the objective of the protest was achieved on its first day, which was why the agitation was suspended
  • The federal government had met with the labour leader on Monday to avert the protest, but the meeting ended in a deadlock

FCT, Abuja - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its two-day nationwide protests against President Bola Tinubu's economic policy.

At the end of their meeting on Tuesday, February 27, the protesting union told journalists that the objective was achieved on its first day.

NLC President Joe Ajaero and President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja
NLC President Joe Ajaero, President Bola Tinubu, TUC President Festus Osifo, and NUPENG President Williams Akporeha at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo Credit: Nigeria Labour Congress
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The communique issued by the union leader reads in part:

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“Consequently, NEC-in-session resolved as follows: to suspend street action for the second day of the Protest having achieved overwhelming success thus attained the key objectives of the 2-day protest on the first day.”

The protests were orchestrated by the removal of the fuel subsidy, which has led to food inflation, economic hardship, and a high cost of living in the country, Channels Television reported.

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President Bola Tinubu-led federal government had met with the organised labour leaders at the last minute on Monday evening, February 26. Still, the meeting ended in a deadlock, with the NLC insisting that the protest would go as planned.

The NLC then grounded Nigeria's economy on Tuesday with the protest. The labour leader, Joe Ajaero, said that the protest was about the hunger in the country and not just the call for the review of the minimum wage.

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But in its communique on Tuesday evening, the union leader announced the suspension of the exercise, adding that the primary objective of the protest was overwhelmingly achieved on the first day of the two scheduled demonstrations.

PDP chieftain knocks NLC

Reacting to the development, Rilwan Olanrewaju, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told that the labour union was no longer neutral, so the security agencies were issuing the warning.

He alleged that the NLC had compromised, sharing the view of some Nigerians who wonder why it took the union so long before voicing against the new government's policies.

The PDP stalwart said:

"The NLC is no longer what it used to be. They have declared their support for our oppressors. The NLC chairman can not be trusted because he seems to have been massively compromised, as we have seen over time under this government.

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NLC Protest: Police Speak on sharing drinks earlier reported that Adegoke Fayoade, the commissioner of police in Lagos state, has said the force provided biscuits and water for protesters to prevent anyone from collapsing.

Fayoade said the police kept their word to protect the protesters, and they will do the same for the second day of the protest.

The police boss disclosed that no one was arrested for any wrongdoing and that the exercise was peaceful.


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