By Victor Ahiuma-Young
…Solicits supports from NBA, NMA, market women, Okada riders, others
NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, has fixed Thursday, September 10, for a nationwide protest against corruption and high cost of governance in the country, saying Nigerians must rise against escalating corruption by few privileged political office holders to the detriment of the vast majority of the citizens.
NLC calls on all patriots, mass organizations, market men and women, commercial motor cycles (Okada) and tricycles (Keke NAPEP) riders, traders, students and youths, religious bodies, professional groups like Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, and others to join the NLC in the protest intended to give a red card to corruption and impunity of the ruling elites in the country.
A communiqué issued by Ayuba Wabba faction of NLC, at the end of a three-day leadership retreat in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, contended that, “the ruling bourgeois class in Nigeria will continue to run the country in their own class interest as long as the working classes do not organize and challenge their class domination of the affairs of the country.
As long as the working people of Nigeria don’t organize politically as a class that has a distinct interest which is not the same as those of the ruling elite, then the working class would continue to watch the Nigerian ruling class sell our collective national assets cheaply to themselves and members of their class as can be seen in the privatization of our major hotels, Nigerian Telecommunication, Nitel Plc, defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, Steel Rolling Mills and other commonly owned assets/corporations, as well as the no-going clamour to privatize the remaining commonwealth like the NNPC etc.
In the same vein the working class will continue to witness withdrawal of so-called subsidies on our God given national endowment like Petroleum products; Commercialization of social services like Education, Health Care; and non provision of Social Housing etc.”