BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Presidency on Sunday said that some groups of Nigerians have been dolorous, disgruntled, and disconsolate over the suspension of strike by the Organised Labour that have seen reason with the imperatives of fuel price adjustment, and opening a further window of dialogue on the service based electricity tariff.
It said that such Nigerians had apparently perfected plans to use the strike by the labour unions as smokescreen to unleash anarchy on the land, fomenting mayhem and civil disobedience, adding that the plan blew up in their faces, and they have been in severe pains since then.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina said the dolorous, disgruntled, and disconsolate Nigerians have therefore launched series of tirades against the Organized Labour.
Adesina further said; “For some interest groups, their intention was to use the umbrella of the strike to further their whimsical and pie-in-the-sky dream of a revolution in the country. It went bust in their faces.
“For some others, Bitter-Enders, who have remained entrenched in pre-2015 and 2019 elections mode, it was opportunity to avenge the 2012 Occupy Nigeria protests, which they believe largely devalued the government of the day, and led to its eventual ouster in 2015.
“The strike that was to have come up last week, they wanted to use as opportunity for a pound of flesh, which they calculated would weaken the government so much, and influence the 2023 elections. For them, it was all about hanker for power, its trappings and appurtenances. Nothing about love of country. They have since then been calling Organized Labour all sorts of names, claiming they deceived Nigerians,” he said.
The Presidency said that the times in which we live-with severe security, economic and social challenges-call for all hands to be on deck, and goodwill and support for government, as it strives to put the nation on an even keel.
It therefore commended the Organized Labour for putting the country first, adding that those sponsoring and encouraging discord and anarchy, either for selfish ends, or as revenge for perceived injuries, are enemies of the country.
The Presidency therefore urged Nigerians to beware of them, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari government is only interested in engendering better quality of life for the citizenry and nothing more.