The presidency on Sunday observed that some people are unhappy with the decision of the organized labour not to proceed with its planned strike due to their selfish ambitions.
The presidency in a statement by Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity alleged that some people had planned to hijack the expected labour strike and use it to cause unrest in the country.
The statement noted that such persons have been attacking labour leaders after the decision to shelve the planned strike following a negotiation with the federal government.
Naija News recalls the organized labour had mobilized to commence an indefinite strike action over the decision by the government to increase electricity and petrol price.
However, less than 24 hours to the expected kick-off of the strike, labour reached an agreement with the federal government and the strike didn’t hold again.
In a fresh reaction to the development, Mr. Adesina on Sunday who didn’t mention any specific names, noted that some people are smarting from the suspended labour strike for their own selfish reasons.
He wrote: “Since Organized Labour toed the path of sense and sensibility last week, seeing reason with the imperatives of fuel price adjustment, and opening a further window of dialogue on the service based electricity tariff, some groups of Nigerians have been dolorous, disgruntled, and disconsolate.”
“They had apparently perfected plans to use the strike by the labour unions as smokescreen to unleash anarchy on the land, fomenting mayhem and civil disobedience. But the plan blew up in their faces, and they have been in severe pains since then. They have launched series of tirades against Organized Labour.”
“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 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 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 hanker 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.”
“The times in which we live-with severe security, economic and social challenges-call for all hands to be on deck, and goodwill and support for government, as it strives to put the nation on an even keel. We commend Organized Labour for putting the country first.”
“Those sponsoring and encouraging discord and anarchy, either for selfish ends, or as revenge for perceived injuries, are enemies of the country. Nigerians are urged to beware of them, as the Muhammadu Buhari government is only interested in engendering better quality of life for the citizenry. Nothing more.”
Meanwhile, Naija News recalls that following the agreement between labour and the federal government, the hiked electricity tariff has been suspended by government for 2 weeks with a joint committee headed by Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment to examine the justification for the new policy.
Source: Naija News