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  • News - North West - Kano
  • Updated: March 11, 2024

CHRICED defends NLC leadership, calls for continued struggle

CHRICED defends NLC leadership, calls for continued struggle

The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) has expressed strong support for the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, following criticism from former NLC Vice President, Isa Tijjani.

Tijjani accused Ajaero of attempting to plunge Nigeria into crisis through strike actions. 

This was contained in a statement signed by the executive director, Ibrahim M. Zikrullah issued to journalists on Sunday in Kano.

CHRICED called the accusations "disturbing, unkind, and lacking compassion," particularly from a former labor leader.

“It appears to be an attempt to discredit a courageous leader who has dedicated his life to fighting for the suffering masses of Nigeria.

“In addition to labeling Comrade Ajaero, Isa Tijjani failed to provide any concrete evidence of positive steps taken by the government of President Tinubu to alleviate the hardships faced by the Nigerian people. 

“Where was Comrade Isa when the price of petrol was raised from N180 per litre to N650 per litre? Where was he when the value of the Naira suddenly plummeted from N650/$ to N1,700?

"Does Isa Tijjani realize that people are dying every day due to lack of food, medicine, water, electricity, and other basic necessities, all caused by the poor and confused economic policies of the Tinubu administration? 

“Where was Isa Tijjani when President Tinubu allocated over N68 billion for the purchase of SUV cars for members of the National Assembly, N1.6 billion for his wife's cars, and several additional billions for the renovation of the president and vice president's residences?” the organisation asked.

“The former leader of the NLC must be living on a different planet to make baseless accusations against Comrade Ajaero and the NLC leadership for demanding a minimum wage of N450,000, which is equivalent to $270.

"It is astonishing that someone who has never spoken out against the rampant corruption, excessive government spending, and oppressive economic policies would suddenly wake up and accuse the NLC president of attempting to destabilize Nigeria through strike actions. 

“In fact, Nigerians require more strikes and protests as that seems to be the only language this stubborn and inhumane administration understands,” the statement added.

CHRICED urged Ajaero and the NLC to "not succumb to the senseless ramblings of a few renegades and government apologists." 

They advised the NLC to focus on building alliances with civil society groups to strengthen their fight for workers' rights.

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