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NLC Vows To Initiate Immediate Strike Action If Attacked During Protest

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has vowed to embark on an indefinite strike if it’s attacked during its two-day nationwide protest scheduled for Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th of February, 2024.

New Telegraph reports that the NLC has received several criticisms from several quartets in the last few weeks for declaring a nationwide protest over the excruciating hardship Nigerians were passing through and non-implementation of the agreement signed between labour and the federal government in October 2023.

However, the President of the NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, alleged that the “State” was sponsoring an attack on workers during the protest to cause chaos and mayhem.

While warning that such an action would be greeted with grave consequences, Ajaero noted that workers would not be intimidated to shy away from any opportunity to express their anger, grief and the extent of hunger and poverty policies of the current government has thrown on them.

He said in full: “We would want to inform Nigerians that the State has perfected plans to attack our peaceful rallies across the country. One of the groups being primed to attack our peaceful rallies is by a nebulous name, the Nigeria Civil Society Forum (NCSF).

“NCSF is one of the emergency groups put together, funded, promoted and remote-controlled by the government to cause violence against our members for electing to peacefully protest against the hunger in the land.

“We would want the State to know that the solution to our horrible economic situation and hunger is not by suppressing peaceful dissent or inflicting violence on peacefully protesting citizens as the government did in Minna and other cities where its agents tear-gassed and beat up women before locking them up for raising their voice against hunger. It does not lie in the deployment of State-sponsored terror. The pangs of hunger cannot be cowed by bullets or tear gas.

“In light of this, we at the Nigeria Labour Congress and civil society allies are moving ahead with our protest rallies against economic hardship and insecurity in line with the decision of the National Executive Council.

“As citizens, we have a fundamental right to peaceful protest and history bears us witness that our protests are always peaceful except in instances of State-engineered violence.

“In light of this, we advise the State to put on its thinking cap and find solutions to the pains it continues to cause the people instead of further dehumanising them.

“However, if it is irrevocably set on the path of violence against us and other peace-loving Nigerians, it will be making a costly mistake because if we are attacked there will be a total shutdown via withdrawal of services by workers. Let no one be deceived, we and other deprived Nigerians cannot easily be intimidated.

” Lest those in power now who may have forgotten to be reminded, we faced a more resourceful and resilient adversary in order to have democracy. All we are saying now is that; let there be food for the people, let the people live in safety, let the people live a life of dignity devoid of suffocating IMF/World Bank economic policies.

“Once again we advise those waiting in the wings to unleash violence on us that this is not about the NLC but about Nigerians who are saying “enough is enough”, about a people who have resolved not to be further pushed into the pit of misery and hopelessness, while a few live in obscene luxury at our collective expense.

“We are by this statement calling the attention of the international human rights body and the governments of the African Union and the United Nations that the right of the people to peacefully protest and demand freedom from economic slavery and hardship is being threatened by the Nigerian State.

“We however remain resolute, determined and prepared to express our pain and grief in a peaceful manner as Nigerians come 27th and 28th of February 2024.”

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