Labour might have downgraded the National Strike called by the Ayuba Wabba-led faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to a mere protest as protesters resorted to arm-twisting tactics in some cities to force people to join the action in protest against the hike in petrol price to N145 from N86.50. NLC President Ayuba Wabba said yesterday he was not bothered for standing alone in the “struggle”, to the lukewarm attitude of Nigerians to the call.
He said: “This is about policy engagement. This action is to resist a policy that has been imposed on us and we have made the point clearly. The NLC must be seen to be consistent in standing by the truth and by the people to the extent that those policies are not consistent with the ideas of ensuring social justice. “We will continue to resist the N145 fuel pump which has been imposed on us because this is a further exploitation to the hardship already in the country. Therefore we thought that we should make this position known. We are not worried that we are fighting this battle alone, because historically the NLC has always stood with the people.
Speaking on the ruling of the Industrial Court sopping the strike, Wabba said: “We have not been put on notice, but when we were meeting with government they tried to bring that issue. But as at today, we have not actually been served.