Nigeria: Civil society group condemns government’s handling of labour strike

The United Action Front of Civil Society (UACFS) has condemned the Nigerian government’s handling of the ongoing nationwide strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The UACFS said in a statement that the government’s use of “black market court orders and political thugs” to undermine the rights of workers and the opposition is unacceptable.

The group also called on Nigerian President Bola Tinubu and Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma to apologize to Nigerian workers for the brutalization of NLC President Joe Ajaero by state agents and political thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during a peaceful workers’ rally in Imo State.

“We demand justice for Comrade Joe Ajaero and Nigerian workers!” the UACFS said in its statement.

“We say no to the use of political thugs and the military against civil protests in our democracy!”

“We say no to the use of black market court orders to frustrate the legitimate rights and demands of workers and citizens!”

“For us, an injury to one is an injury to all!”

The UACFS also called on Nigerians to support the ongoing national strike and to join forces to “make their voices heard in the defense of labor rights and the dignity of the opposition.”

The nationwide strike was called by the NLC and TUC to protest the alleged brutality of Ajaero by state agents and political thugs of the APC.

The government has denied any involvement in the brutalization of Ajaero and has said that the strike is illegal.

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