Reno Omokri, a public affairs commentator, has stated that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) had no moral justification to declare a nationwide strike in response to President Bola Tinubu’s removal of fuel subsidies.
WITHIN NIGERIA reports that the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, declared a nationwide strike which will begin on Wednesday if the President refuses to return to the status quo.
However, Omokri stated that an NLC that once endorsed Peter Obi of the Labour Party could not call for a strike over a policy that Obi himself promised to implement if elected.
“You cannot have a Nigerian Labour Congress whose executive members endorsed Peter Obi, the Labour Party Presidential candidate, asking Nigerians to go on strike because President Tinubu has refused to reverse fuel subsidy removal, which is exactly what Peter Obi said he would do immediately after he was sworn in,” he said.
According to Omokri, the leaders of NLC must first purge themselves of their National Executive Council members who endorsed Obi’s presidential ambition.
This, Omokri said, became necessary if the planned nationwide strike should not be perceived as a continuation of Peter Obi’s political campaign.
“If the NLC wants enough credibility to mobilise Nigerians to join their strike, they should first purge themselves of their National Executive Council members who endorsed Peter Obi. Until they do that, this their planned nationwide strike will look like it is a continuation of Peter Obi’s political campaign,” he submitted.