Striking Is in Our Right, We Aren’t In Banana Republic- TUC blasts FG.

The Trade Union Congress, TUC, has on Sunday, September 27 blasted the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi Esan, for threatening civil servants seeking to participate in the planned Nigerian Labour Congress nationwide strike on Monday.

Ojo Ranti, the TUC chairman in Kogi State, stated that the Federal Government has no right to threaten civil servants that are in their rights as citizens.

Ranti added that the TUC would not be going back on their decision to lead a nationwide strike in all the 774 local government of the country against the hike in petrol pump price and increase in electricity tarriff.

He further stated that Nigeria was not Banana Republic where the rights of citizens were trampled upon.

“During the previous administration led by former President Goodluck Jonathan, the present Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari and many big wigs in the country such as Bola Tinubu, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Femi Falana and many more all revolted against Jonathan when he increased the pump price of petrol.

“They were the one that championed that protest castigating the administration of Johnathan for increasing the price of petrol. Now that they are ruling, the rhythm has changed. The price of petroleum as at that time and now is doubled.

“The head of service knows she is not using her own personal money to buy fuel in her car or pay light bill.

“This is not what President Buhari promised us when we elected him in 2015. Nigerians are suffering, people are dying every day.

“This is total wickedness on the part of this government. Provided we are not violating the law of the land, the nationwide protest and strike will hold. Nothing can stop us.

“We here in Kogi, we have mobilise our workers for the mother of all protest on Monday.”

Ranti also stressed that the NLC is yet to receive the any court order that was allegedly issued to them restraining them from embarking on the strike.

He further stated;

We don’t know what the court order entails. But one thing stands clear, we are not in a banana republic.

“This nation is governed by law and I know the supreme law of the land is the Nigeria constitution. I know the constitution has given not only the labour organization but all citizens of this country the right to protest. It’s not the first time this is happening.

“There was a time under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Federal Government took the case to court. The Federal Government was represented by Afe Babalola (SAN), while the labour movement was represented by Femi Falana, (SAN).

“In that ruling by the supreme court, it was expressly stated that the right of citizens to protest cannot be caged. The court also affirmed that the act of protest is lawful.

‘We are standing under the platform of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is binding on every individual, including Mr President and the Head of Service.

“We as labour movement, we are law-abiding. Like I told you, we have not been served, we have not seen any order and we don’t know what the ruling contains.

“At the state council, we take directives from the National secretariat. We are mobilizing our members and we are battle-ready to hit the street on Monday to protest against the satanic act of the present administration.”

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