Tinubu Begs NLC To End Strike And Obtestation



From MAGNUS EZE, Abuja

NATIONAL Leader of the All Pro­gressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ti­nubu, yesterday turned ambassador of peace as he led a powerful delegation of APC chieftains to the Labour House, Headquarters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja where he appealed to the leadership of the Con­gress to call off the on-going strike over the hike in the pump price of fuel from N86 and N86.50k to N145.

The former governor of Lagos State begged the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and other labour leaders to return to the negotiation table with the Federal Government to reconcile the present industrial dispute.

In company with Governor Rauf Aregbsola of Osun State, Senators Sulaiman Hunkunyi (Kaduna North), Kabir Marafa (Zamfara Central) and many others, Tinubu stated that his mission was to broker truce.

“I have come to appeal to you to suspend the action you have embarked upon and return to the negotiating ta­ble”, he said.

He told labour that it would be un­wise for it to destroy the house it built.

“Labour made APC victory possible. Let us continue to collaborate. We built this bridge together. This President is genuine. This decision was the only one left. Buhari has integrity and a character that is reliable”, Tinubu said.

He added that: “I can swear that Bu­hari will not misappropriate the funds saved from the removal of subsidy. The APC is also committed to this. My mission here is for peace. My mission is to return to the negotiating table. This government is sincere.”

According to Tinubu, he was party to the deregulation policy when it be­came obvious to him that the subsidy payment to few oil marketers was ac­tually of no benefit to majority of Ni­gerians.

He said Nigerians can count on the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver on the promises he made during the electioneering cam­paigns.

NLC President, Wabba in his re­sponse, said the appeal will be ta­bled before the National Executive Council (NEC) of NLC where they would consider whether to negotiate with government or not.

He said labour leaders were not averse to negotiations but that par­ties to the negotiations must come to the negotiating table with equity.

Notable labour leaders present include Deputy Vice Presidents of NLC, Mr. Peter Adeyemi Nojeem Yarsin and Comrade Isah Aremu and Chairman of the Labour and Civil Society Coalition, Dr. Dipo Fashina.

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Represen­tatives, Yakubu Dogara had also ap­pealed to NLC to sheath its sword.                                 The Sun

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