Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi on Thursday lampooned labour unions in the country, accusing them of refusing to take any action.
The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Malam Sanusi Lamido had alleged that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, had withheld the sum of $20 billion accruing to the Federation Account, a charge the state-owned oil company denies.
But Gov. Amaechi, who spoke during the May Day celebration in Port Harcourt yesterday, expressed angst that rather than call workers to the streets in protest over the missing funds, the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, were busy fraternizing and junketing with politicians.
The NGF Chairman noted that though labour was aware of the problems bedeviling the country, it decided to remain passive despite knowing the solution to the nation’s challenges.
Gov. Amaechi explained that the missing $20 billion, which he put at N8 trillion, could pay for the construction of hospitals, schools and engage unemployed Nigerians, lamenting that student unions, NLC and TUC had rather turned a blind eye to the issue.
He said, “The fact that a few people are stealing the money in itself is social, economic and political violence. From the speech made by the state TUC chairman, I asked; if TUC and NLC knew all these, what have they done?
“The chairman of TUC took me back to my school days. He was able to analyse the problems of Nigeria. It was typical of TUC and NLC in Nigeria; they know the problem and the solution, but they don’t want to go for the solution. I don’t know why and I don’t know if they have compromised.
“If it is true that you heard that $20bn was missing from our purse or $49.8bn, either way; if you know how many hospitals, how many schools we will build! If you know how many workers we will employ with N8tn, then by now, both students and labour unions will be on the street.
“I remember when I was a student leader; you could not arrest a student union leader without schools closing all over Nigeria. You could not steal that kind of money that is being stolen in Nigeria without all the universities going on demonstration. Schools all over the country would be closed.
“You could not do that without labour union coming out to the streets. Today, all of us, who are labour leaders, are junketing and enjoying with politicians. So, the poor masses are suffering because they have nobody to speak for them. They (poor masses) are voiceless and there is no leader to lead the voiceless. They are hungry and there is nobody to address their hunger”.
Recalling the roles played by the NLC and the TUC during the military dictatorship of late General Sani Abacha, Amaechi expressed sadness that few Nigerians were frittering the commonwealth of the country and allowing majority to die of hunger.
He stated that the prevalence of hunger was responsible for the existence of Boko Haram and other forms of violence in Nigeria, adding that not much has been done to ensure that school girls abducted by the insurgents were rescued.
“There has never been any successful democracy in Nigeria without the contribution of the NLC and the TUC. You remember the Abacha struggle; you remember the roles played by the NLC and the TUC”, he said.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
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