The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has drawn the attention of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agents of alleged fresh threats by Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai against Nigerian workers.
In a statement signed and released on Monday in Abuja by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the Congress urged the security agents to discharge their duties and interrogate the Kaduna State Governor over his recent actions and threats to deal with the labour leaders.
“We wish to posit that the day any harm is done to any leader of the NLC or any worker or to any union property in Kaduna State, Nigerian workers will withdraw their services without any further notice,” Wabba stated.
The Congress also laughed at allegations that it was sponsored to hold the strike and protest in Kaduna.
It stated that, “We wish to reject this lie which is nothing but another figment of hallucination by a State Governor whose past time is oppression, suppression and intimidation.
“Since Mr. Nasir El-Rufai sacked thousands of Kaduna State workers, he has blamed virtually everyone for his industrial malfeasance. First, while denying that he sacked any worker, the Governor accused and blamed the Nigeria Labour Congress for making its case based on a false document. In the same breath, the Governor affirmed that he is on a mission of right sizing and down sizing the Kaduna State Public Service.
“In recent videos, Mr. El-Rufai has blamed the Federal Government for not rallying to his support during the protest by workers. When that failed to gain traction, El-Rufai blamed his colleagues in the Nigeria Governors Forum. Now, he has narrowed his blame arrow on the Kano State Governor, alleging that it was Governor Umar Ganduje who provided NLC with the funds to prosecute our last peaceful protest in Kaduna State. This is not unexpected of someone in perpetual hallucination.
“Talking of sponsorship, the Kaduna State Governor might just be looking at himself in the mirror. Till date, Mr. Nasir El-Rufai has not refuted the charge that he was the one who masterminded the sponsorship of hooligans to attack a peaceful protest by workers, injuring and maiming many workers in the process.”
Wabba said the Kaduna state governor is obviously still rattled that workers were able to re-organize themselves, confronted his armed thugs and arrested about twenty of them who were handed over to the Nigeria Police.
He stated further that, “It is appalling that a self-acclaimed technocrat like Mr. El-Rufai believes that Nigerian workers need financial leverage from a State Governor to carry out their campaigns. This exposes the condescending and arrogant mindset of Mr. Nasir El-Rufai on fellow Nigerians especially workers.
“With this kind of attitude, we are not surprised that the Kaduna State Governor acutely mismanaged a pure case of industrial dispute and chose the path of confrontation when consultation and consensus building would have been nobler and cost effective. To blame everyone for being El-Rufai is taking official malfeasance to unprecedented heights.”