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Tinubu To NLC: Call Off Strike, Buhari, APC Will Build Nigeria

Posted: May 20, 2016 at 4:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to call off its three-day-old strike over the hike in petrol price and return to negotiations with government.

Tinubu, on a visit to the headquarters of the NLC in Abuja, said there were glaring differences between the protests against fuel price hike in 2012 under former President Goodluck Jonathan and the protest going on now under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu , accompanied by Rauf Aregbesola, Osun State governor, and Kabir Marafa, a senator from Zamfara central, among others, told labour leaders, led by NLC president, Ayuba Wabba: “We have refineries, but they are not serving our people. Is it benefiting the public? Why should we continue problem after problem, and continue to do the same things over and over again.

“We must try new things. I’m here to appeal to you to understand this government. You brought this government in. If change is our slogan, are we collaborating to make it possible.

“We are shipping our labour, oil and opportunities abroad, which is not good for the country.”

Contrasting the present administration with Jonathan’s, he said: “They brought in SURE-P, but the only thing about SURE-P is corruption.? It was sure stealing, sure diversion.

“Buhari will listen to us?, we will work together to make this change possible.

“I can swear that Buhari will not touch a penny for personal gain. He has that character and integrity to steer Nigeria.”

He added that the increase in the price of petrol to N145 was Buhari’s only choice and it was done in the people’s interest, to bring an end to months of scarcity and near-chaos in the downstream sector of Nigeria’s oil industry.

He said: “My mission here is for peace, for us to return to the negotiating table. “Let us build Nigeria, let us make it the centre piece of Africa.

“Let us call off this strike. I come to beg on behalf of my party.”

Wabba, who was reported to have complained Thursday that Buhari had ignored their protests, responded that the unions were not against negotiations with the federal government on the impasse.

He promised to relay Tinubu’s message to his constituency.