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Friday, 23 June 2017

Labour Warns Against Hate Speeches From Biafra Agitators

The President of the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), Mr. Ayuba Wabba, and President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Mr. Bobboi Kaigama, talked at a public interview at the Labor House, Abuja, denouncing the proclamations that were fit for crushing the solidarity and steadiness of Nigeria.They called on Nigerians not to fall cheaply for the glamorization of conflict or war, as a solution to the nation’s crisis.

According to Wabba the briefing was in response “to the drum beats of war, which have escalated to a deafening dimension while the leadership of the labour unions were attending the just concluded International Labour Congress meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.”

He drew the attention of Nigerians to the danger inherent in the on-going war-mongering, stating that the Nigerian workforce condemned in its entirety the threats and counter-threats as well as persistent hot exchanges of words by various ethnic groups, which were capable of threatening the foundation and integrity of the sovereignty and unity of Nigeria.

“Those fanning the ember of disunity need to be schooled on the realities of war,” he said.
These views, he said, do not represent the true feelings of patriotic Nigerians and the nation’s workforce, rather, he said, those views “symbolize the intensity of greed, the implacable arrogance and desperation of the elites, some of whom have been funding or sponsoring the hate campaigns that can only lead to the disintegration of our dear nation.”

Projecting the Nigerian workforce as an organisation that believed in the sovereignty and indissolubility of the country, Wabba said the body was not in support of a fragmented Nigeria because workers and pensioners and their families would be the direct and immediate casualties of the conflict.

Stressing that dialogue remained the most tested and result-oriented form of conflict resolutions mechanism, he said: “In attempting to resolve issues of conflict of interest for the purpose of having a better union, we are irrevocably committed to dialogue; responsible and responsive dialogue that takes on board socio-economic justice, democratic culture, cohesion, political competitiveness, mutual respect and all those other values that strengthen a nation.”

Labour organizations in the country, he added ,will underscore the need for good governance in the country as a basis for any realistic development and eventual emancipation of the people, saying, “if the resources available to us as a nation were well managed and not stolen by both the corrupt public and private sector operators, the escalating problems of youth  
unemployment, decaying infrastructure, non-funding of education, health and other social services, would have been adequately addressed.

The President of Trade Union Congress, Bobboi Kaigama said the leadership of the country should look at issues raised in the report of the 2014 National Conference if the APC- led government is serious about addressing the many problems besetting the country, the Buhari administration must as a matter of necessity adopt vital resolutions reached at the Confab to restructure Nigeria.

from thisdaylive.


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