The federal government has pointed accusing fingers at the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over its planned strike action due to the fuel subsidy removal.
The industrial action was revealed by the union on Friday and it was stated that it would be implemented if Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) fails to reverse the new pump price for the Premium Motor Spirit.
Slamming NLC President Joe Ajaero on his Twitter page, President Bola Tinubu's Spokesman, Bayo Onanuga alleged that the body is acting a script by the Labour Party.
Onanuga also accused Ajaero of playing politics aimed at destabilizing Tinubu's administration.
"NLC President Joe Ajaero has asked workers to go on strike next Wednesday over the removal of petrol subsidy, despite being privy to the distressing financial figures, which justified why subsidy ought to have been scrapped a long time ago.
"My advice to the perceptive workers and the Nigerian populace is simply to ignore Ajaero and his ilk.
"He is playing politics and is actually acting the script of the opposition Labour Party, out to destabilise the young Tinubu administration.
"Besides, one wonders whose interest Ajaero is championing, when he did not oppose the position of his Labour Party and presidential candidate, who campaigned with the promise to scrap subsidy from Day One if elected.
"NLC and TUC leaders knew since last year November that subsidy will be scrapped from July 1 as no provision has been made in the budget for it, beyond this date.
"The Federal Government which already commits 96 per cent of its revenue in servicing debt is not in any position to continue selling subsidised fuel, most of which is smuggled across our borders for criminal and obscenely unpatriotic profit.
"Subsidy of fuel is no longer unsustainable as the FG is virtually broke.
"Apart from its N77 trillion debt, it also owes the NNPC Limited about N2.4 trillion for past subsidies.
"The Nigerian people and workers should support the government as it works out new wages and rolls out other interventions, as promised by President Tinubu, to mitigate the effects of new fuel price.
"Let's not make ourselves pawns in the hands of the politically biased and tainted NLC and TUC.
"Ajaero is no more a labour leader. He is a politician and leader of Labour Party.
"He is no more representing all the Nigerian workers". the post reads.
The Politically tainted NLC, TUC— Bayo onanuga (@aonanuga1956) June 2, 2023
NLC President Joe Ajaero has asked workers to go on strike next Wednesday over the removal of petrol subsidy, despite being privy to the distressing financial figures, which justified why subsidy ought to have been scrapped a long time ago. My… pic.twitter.com/t8d6ASIiR0
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