Subsidy removal: Labour Party kicks against planned NLC nationwide strike

The Lamidi Apapa faction of the Labour Party (LP) has voiced its opposition to a planned nationwide protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

The faction, which has had a long-standing battle with the one led by Julius Abure, said the industrial action will pit Nigerians against President Bola Tinubu.

It noted that there are other ways the citizens can express their discontent and grievances at the precarious and troubling state of the nation than resorting to nationwide strike.

Abayomi Arabambi, the National Publicity Secretary of the faction, spoke while addressing to newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Sunday.

He admitted that the removal of subsidy had aggravated the suffering of Nigerians.

He, however, said Nigerian workers can protest the growing hardship in the country by staying away from work until their demands are met by the Federal Government.

But he insisted that the directive of Joe Ajaero-led NLC on the affiliates and state councils to mobilize members for a nationwide protest “is capable of setting Nigerians against the Tinubu Administration for violent overthrow.”

He said, “Our party noted that the NLC president Comrade Joe Ajaero without facts baselessly accuse President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of showing enormous disdain and contempt for Nigerian people and workers by the declaration of war of attrition on Nigerian workers and masses without any care leaving them to the throes of hopelessness and helplessness.

“Labour party agree with the NLC leadership only on all lawful demands but disagree totally with a resolution calling for mass action. Calling on Nigerians wherever they may be to begin mobilization to take action on their own against a legitimate Government even to the extent of directing associations, individuals and other entities including the ones already on the streets to ensure that government listens to the people is a treasonable felony offence.

“Workers can be called to embark on a strike by sitting at home until the Government meets their demands,” he said

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