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Strike: ‘Shutting National Grid Extreme But Not Illegal’

A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Ige Asemudara, has said that the organised labour took to the extreme its strike on Monday and Tuesday by shutting the national grid. The lawyer said that the action exposed Nigeria to insecurity. Asemudara, the Founder of Mission Against Injustice in Nigeria, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

He said that closing the national grid was not reasonable. “No matter what you do during strike, you do not expose the country to insecurity or toy with the safety of a nation. “”If you shut down the national grid, you have exposed the country to insecurity and also toyed with the fragile safety of Nigerians. “All of the security systems in the country are run by the electrical system; so, when you shut down, you have breached the security of the nation,” he said.

He, however, said that the action should not be regarded as unlawful or treasonable since electrical workers had the right to go on strike. “I saw a fellow who was quoting Miscellaneous Offences Act stating that anyone who tampers with electrical cables will be jailed for life. “That law, with greatest respect, is not effective during strike, but even if it does, it is a law passed under the military regime of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in 1984-1985.”

He further said that the law ought to have been amended. He said: ”I do not know why that legislation has not been amended since the military regime because it has some or the most unreasonable provisions in human history. “I will say that strike is lawful but there are some activities which are unlawful that workers should not engage in.

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