Nigerians on the streets of Kaduna State have expressed disappointment over the last-minute suspension of the planned industrial, nationwide strike organized by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC)
Those who spoke expressed disappointment over what they described as the weak attitude of the NLC. Others opined that the NLC has now become an organized toothless tool used to deceive Nigerians, describing the suspension of the planned action as the biggest betrayal.
They explained that the Nigerian Labour Congress’s (NLC) latest action to suspend proposed strike action did not represent the interest of Nigerians who have been toiling day and night to have a meal on the table due to the high cost of food items, transportation and the general cost of living.
The Coalition of Civil Society groups in the state led by Comrade Joseph Atumaka expressed shock, saying that Nigerians must stop waiting for labour to act on their behalf.
Atumaka who was pained over the last minute decision of the NLC, said his members got prepared since Sunday, awaiting the D-day.
According to him, “Our labour leaders have betrayed us. How can the majority of Nigerians find it difficult to survive at this critical period, and the labour is giving the government breathing space? ” He asked.
Also, in an interview, Dr. Moses Mustapha, a Kaduna based social critic said, “something is going wrong in this country spiritually, all those entrusted to fight, negotiate and come with a reasonable action are weak. They have all become toothless dogs.
According to him, there is no human being in his/her right senses who will see what ordinary Nigerians are passing through today, that will not cry for the country.
“In Nigeria today, everything is lacking. No job, no money, hunger is on the increase, Kidnapping, killings, and above all, no security in this country. ” He said
He said the only way Nigerians could tell the government of the day that their policies, action are poor is through strike, as labour has weakened the minds of Nigerians.
“In every home in Nigeria today, there are sick people due to poverty. If the father is not sick, mother may be affected one way or the other. This is because either the wife or husband is out of job, business and they cannot afford the cost of living.” He lamented.
As further negotiations continue for the next two weeks, Nigerians eagerly await the outcome, hoping that it would address the challenges they are facing