The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has responded to allegations made by Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, in a statement titled Bayo Onanugas Mischief and the Tragedy of a Nation.
The NLCs response comes after Onanuga, in a statement speaking for the federal government, condemned the union strike, labelling it an ego-tripping move intended to blackmail the government.
The presidential aide also claimed that the strike was over a personal matter involving the NLC President, Joe Ajaero.
But NLC, in a statement by its spokesperson, Benson Upah, said the strike is not about ego, or a personal matter involving Ajaero, but rather about the governments failure to address the plight of workers and Nigerians.
The union also said the strike was about the licence for impunity that covers murder and attempted murder of dissenting voices including Ajaero, which the Nigerian State now passes off as a personal matter.
NLC accused Onanuga of making sadistic comments and suggested that his remarks reflected the views of those in power.
The union stated: Blackmail the government over what? A bribe or a favour organised labour asked for and did not get it or what?
If Onanuga were not suffering from selective amnesia, he ought to have known that this government should remain grateful to the organised labour for its uncommon patience with a government that clearly was not prepared for the consequences of its fundamentalist market policies of massive currency devaluation and subsidy removal, which imposed on Nigerians social violence, upheaval, dislocation, displacement or punishment they never before experienced.
Onanuga similarly ought to have known that organised labour, by not opting for a strike as a first option, acted as a bulwark against the rage of Nigerians, thereby saving this government from itself.
According to NLC, Onanugas comments are a Freudian slip as this is the way his principals view the Imo State triple-digit tragedy: the non-payment of workers and pensioners benefits; the choking or stifling environment that leaves workers and citizens gasping for air; the licence for impunity that covers murder and attempted murder of dissenting voices, including Comrade Joe Ajaero, which the Nigerian State now passes off as a personal matter.
When we first heard through the grapevine that glasses were clinked and pleasantries earthily exchanged by the powers that be following the arrest and torture of Comrade Joe Ajaero, we thought we thought it was one of those rumours, but with this confirmation from Bayo Onanuga, we now know better! it added.
Concerning the assault on Joe Ajaero, NLC said that Ajaeros arrest and torture by the police were state-sponsored acts of terror and that the government was testing the waters to see if it could get away with such actions.
NLC then called for an honest and thorough investigation conducted by competent and independent professionals with free and unfettered access to information, people and materials from within and outside the country, saying that the governments investigation is a charade and that the police cannot be both the judge, jury, and jailer in their own case.
So the police will now be the judge, jury and jailer in their own case? What a country we run! Secondly, what perchance will the police be investigating when the government, by the admission of Onanuga, has already found Ajaero guilty, arrested him, convicted him, and punished him through torture for planning to incite the workers in Imo State into a needless strike, NLC stated.
The union, however, added that it will not be cowed by any threat or force, adding that no government can be bigger than the people it presides over.
We want Bayo Onanuga and those who sent him and the police much earlier that we shall not be cowed by anybody or forced, no matter the resources at that persons disposal. No government can be bigger than the people over which it presides!
It also stated that it would not comment on Onanugas ranting over NLCs so-called disobedience to a court order but that he would soon know the cold truth and warned that labourers who stoke the fire for their principals instead of winning friends for them will be kept closer.
Please help us share this, using our share botton. Bookmark Our website https://wap.org.ng
For Christ Sake, Dino Does Not Have What It Takes To Be A Governor At All. It Is Not By Coming To Act In Drama On Television. We Are Talking About Governance...read more Author: adex3g 3 weeks Comment 0 . Views 27
Apex Igbo Socio-cultural Organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide Has Lauded The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, And The Security Agencies...read more Author: adex3g 3 weeks Comment 0 . Views 30
Saudi Arabia On Saturday Helped To Block A Bid By Arab And Muslim Countries To Militarily And Economically Isolate Israel, According To Israeli Media Reports.read more Author: adex3g 3 weeks Comment 0 . Views 29
ARREST NETANYAHU FOR WAR CRIMES: SOUTH AFRICA FM Foreign Minister Of South Africa, Naledi Pandor, On Sunday Said She Expected The International Criminal Court (ICC) To Issue An Arrest Warrant Against The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ododo, Who Is The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate, Defeated His Rivals From The Social Democratic Party (SDP) Muri Ajaka, And Dino Melaye...read more Author: adex3g 1 month Comment 0 . Views 20
Some Argue That Nyesom Wike
Does Not Own A Political Structure
In Rivers State.
They Say He Inherited The Structure
Of Former Governor Peter Odili. read more Author: adex3g 1 month Comment 0 . Views 24