STRIKE! Don’t Compromise and Disappoint Nigerians Again, CLO Urges NLC, TUC

The Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, has appealed to the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC, not to disappoint Nigerians again in the planned protest against what it described as the senseless and unacceptable increase in the pump price of petrol by the All Progressives Congress, APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement on Monday, by its Executive Director, Comrade Ibuchukwu Ezike, the CLO said, “We are making this appeal in the aftermath of the 2012 Occupy Nigeria Protest against the same practice by the ousted Peoples Democratic Party, PDP government in which Labour consciencelessly disappointed all its allies and Nigerians.

“CLO has held consultation meetings with its members and affiliates nationwide who are very keen in joining the protest to demand government’s action lacking in human face and a gross violation of the rights of the citizens and laws of the land.

“We make bold to reiterate CLO’s position that what government after government has done over the years has been to increase the pump prices of petroleum production and not the removal of oil subsidy that has been since withdrawn since the military government. It is agonising to note that a pump price of petrol sells for N15 equivalent in war torn Libya, while Nigeria, Africa’s second largest producer of oil is selling at the unacceptable and criminal price of N145 per litre.

“CLO condemns this increase and demand a reversal to the old N86.50 pump price. “We recall that in 2012, APC elements agreed with Labour and Civil Society Organisations, CSOs that there was no subsidy on oil. Where did this magical subsidy that is being withdrawn by the Government coming from? APC has deceived Nigerians enough. The protest must go on till victory is won by Nigerians as usual.

“CLO, therefore, enjoins all its members nationwide to join the organised Labour in the planned protest to drive home the demand to reverse to the old price imposed on Nigerians few months ago.”

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