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Jonathan Shuns Workers’ Day Rally

Posted: May 2, 2015 at 1:29 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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By Innocent Oweh, Sylvester Enoghase, Abuja Audu Onoja, Jos            Benga Fatiroti, Osogbo


President Goodluck Jonathan was conspicuously absent at the 2015 Workers’ Day rally in Abuja, which workers drawn from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) trooped out enmass to celebrate.

Though, no reason was given for his absence, sources said that it was not unconnected with the crises in the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which has lead to the emergence of two factional presidents of NLC.

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

While this would mark the first time the President would be absent from the Workers’ Day celebration since he was elected in 2011, the event which held at Eagle Sqaure, Abuja would have served as an opportunity for President Jonathan to give his valedictory speech to workers’ who had stood by him for the past six years he has handled state affairs.
Jonathan had during his campaign tour in 2011, approved the National Minimum Wage of N18,000 for workers at that year’s May Day celebration, part of which was believed to have guaranteed his victory at the 2011 polls.

However, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Joel Ikenya, was introduced as representing the President.

But it was obvious the Presidency did not prepare any speech to be read on behalf of the President by the Minister of Labour and Productivity.

The Minister’s speech which he read and claimed to be on behalf of the President was later withdrawn by the Minister’s aides and wasn’t made available to journalists.

There were also the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed and Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, Minister of State for FCT, in attendance

Meanwhile, factional President of Nigeria NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said that both President Jonathan and the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, were deserving of commendation for stabilising the Nigerian polity in the fallout of the recent general elections.

He said that now that the elections are over and new breed of politicians are billed to come into the system, they must sit up to their responsibilities of providing good governance at all levels.
“In about four weeks from now, Nigerians will for the first time in the history of the nation witness a smooth transition of power from an incumbent President of a political party to another President elected on the platform of an opposition platform.

“While Nigerians remain the greatest heroes in the peaceful and civil manner in which they participated in the electoral process by ensuring that their votes counted, we commend both Mr. President and Mr. President-elect because the manner in which they conducted themselves has