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Kaduna Labour crisis: You’re a charlatan, Activist tells El-Rufai

An Imo State born human rights activist and author, Comrade Paul Ikechukwu Njoku, has described governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State as a charlatan and an incurable tyrant notorious for administrative impunity and crude abuse of power, following the faceoff between the Kaduna State goverment and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

In his words, activist Paul lamented that, “Governor El-Rufia relishes inflicting unwarranted pains, hardship and unending fraustration on the people of Kaduna State even as he can’t protect them from the unbridled banditry and unprecedented insecurity.

“In my view, he is anti-people. He is nothing but a glorified charlatan and an incurable tyrant notorious for administrative impunity and crude abuse of power whose anthem remains “bodybag” wishes.

“His routine sack of workers in their thousands is unacceptable, immoral and unconstitutional. He increases school fees and sacks parents from work for frivolous and unscrupulous reasons.

“He must stop undermining the constitution, human dignity and peoples’ rights. Workers are not slaves.

“Under Labour laws (Section 20A), Trade Union Act and Civil Service Rules, El-Rufia lacks the powers to dismiss, disengage, relief or sack workers under any sort devoid of the provisions of the extant laws.

“He should be told that it is legal and constitutional under Labour laws and Trade Union Act for Civil Servants and workers to protest and embark on strike.

“For totalitarian regime that lacks absolute democratic principles, peaceful protests and strike actions remain veritable tools for negotiation and understanding”, Comrade Paul said.

Recall that the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress had declared a five-day warning strike in Kaduna State over some policies of Governor Nasir El-Rufai especially the sacking of thousands of Kaduna State civil servants.

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, while a peaceful protest was ongoing in Kaduna State by the Ayoba Wabba led labour Union, governor El-Rufia declared Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the NLC president and some labour leaders wanted.

El-Rufai equated the protesters in his state to bandits and swore that their action would not compel his government to rescind its decision.

Some protesters were also attacked by the alleged hired thugs of the government in the presence of the security agents.

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