NLC: President Tinubu’s Actions Amid Hardship Test Our Patience and Endurance

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused President Bola Tinubu of testing its patience and resolve, rejecting the President’s claim of excessive strikes.

President Tinubu recently criticized the NLC for what he called frequent strikes and threats, stating at the Red Line rail transit launch in Lagos on February 29, “You can’t force a strike within nine months of an administration. That is unacceptable.”

Contrary to this, records show that the NLC has only initiated two strikes, both accompanied by nationwide protests. The first strike, planned for September 5, 2023, was a two-day warning strike that was cut short after one day due to negotiations with the government. The second strike took place in November 2023 following the assault of NLC’s President, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State. This strike was suspended after one day as well, following an agreement with government officials.

Additionally, the NLC held two nationwide protests, one in August 2023 and another on February 27, 2024, to highlight issues of hardship faced by citizens. An early protest in November 2023 focused on concerns with the Imo State government.

Regarding ultimatums, the NLC issued several to the government, including a seven-day ultimatum in June 2023 and another in August 2023. Strikes were averted or suspended after agreements were reached, such as in October 2023 and February 2024.

Responding to President Tinubu’s criticism, an NLC leader stated, “We want to inform Mr. President that we do not owe him any explanation for defending the rights of Nigerian workers. His anger at our actions speaks to either his lack of understanding of the realities facing Nigerians or his continued abuse of our patience.”

The NLC emphasized that it has only gone on strike once since President Tinubu came into office, with the other actions being protests, not strikes. The NLC also addressed perceived threats, mentioning the assault on their President in Owerri and the government’s alleged refusal to prosecute those responsible.

In conclusion, the NLC asserted its commitment to protecting workers’ rights and the interests of the masses. They urged the President to focus on delivering tangible results to Nigerians rather than engaging in political rhetoric.

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