“He sounds resentful, forgetful, ungrateful” – NLC responds to Tinubu’s comments over strike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has responded to President Bola Tinubu’s statements criticizing the Congress for embarking on incessant industrial strikes throughout his tenure.

On Thursday, the President scolded the NLC for asking for four industrial measures against an administration that had just been in power for nine months, saying such a move was inappropriate.

Tinubu claimed this at the launching of Phase One of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Red Line at the Ikeja Station, claiming that the NLC was not “the voice of Nigerians” and should run in the 2027 general elections if it wanted to participate in the political process.

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Responding to this via a WhatsApp chat on Friday, the spokesperson person of NLC, Mr Benson Upah, said Tinubu sounded resentful, forgetful and ungrateful.

Upah refuted the claims that the NLC had declared four strikes, stating that Tinubu’s government could not withstand it.

He added that the Congress is simply concerned about making sure that the appropriate decisions are made and has no desire to assume the presidency.

The Spokeperson said: “Quite unfortunately, the President sounded resentful, forgetful and ungrateful. First, to set the record right, Labour has not done four strikes in his tenure. I am not sure he would survive that.

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There have been one-day protests largely for which Nigerians have viciously attacked Labour for not pulling the plug. Nigerians have been so miffed by Mr President’s policies that they wanted the roof, but Labour has been very patient with this government. We expected a certain level of conciliatory comment in acknowledgement of this truth.

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“In 2012, Mr President issued a twelve-page statement in solidarity with our protest against President Jonathan for raising the pump price of PMS (not anything near what he has done). He called it the Jonathan Tax.

“With the benefit of hindsight, he should apologise to Dr Jonathan, for the Tinubu Tax in all dimensions, is more cruel than the Jonathan Tax.

“As for 2027, we want to correct the impression that Labour is after his office. We are not. We only want him to make the right decisions.”

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