You’re not Nigerians’ voice, president Tinubu knocks NLC over strikes

You’re not Nigerians’ voice, president Tinubu knocks l NLC over strikes

President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, threw a jab at the Nigeria Labour Congress over the unions’ strikes, saying calling for four industrial actions against an administration that is barely nine months old is unacceptable.

Tinubu, who stated this at the unveiling of Phase One of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Red Line at the Ikeja Station, declared that the NLC was not “the voice of Nigerians” and should contest in the 2027 general elections if it was interested in joining the electoral process.

He said, “The labour union has gone on strike four times within my nine months in government. That’s a record. Calling for a strike in just nine months of an administration is unacceptable.

The NLC is not the voice of Nigerians. It should wait till 2027 if it is interested in joining the electoral process.”

The President added that he was aware of the complaints being made over the economic challenges in the country, urging Nigerians to persevere, pledging that the nation would soon be out of the economic problems.

“I am assuring that Nigeria will be out of economic problems, we just need to persevere, work hard and be assured,” he said.

He identified corruption as one of the major reasons the country was facing economic challenges but promised not to look back in the fight against it.

“No going back on reforms revolution.
Smugglers will fight back, corruption will fight back, but we will fight and win. Corruption will go away. The fight against corruption is on, we will not look back, we will fight it to ruins,” he added.

Speaking on the Red Line rail, Tinubu said the unveiling was a validation of democracy of the people, for the people and by the people.

“Today is evidence that it’s good to dream and it is a serious validation of democracy by the people for the people, when you people at the centre are focused, have vision and planning, you will realise the value of democracy.

“Twenty-five years ago, I was elected to lead Nigeria’s most populous state, the smallest in land mass, when all that existed here was suppressed and aborted potential and when the dream began, my team and I toiled day and night to draft and implement a developmental vision that would transform Lagos into the economic powerhouse of Africa and a respected mega city on a global state. We are realising that dream.

“I am pleased to declare to you that the
momentum of greatness we kick-started a quarter of a century ago has since become unstoppable. It’s not a crime to dream and dream big, just stay focused, precisely make development a central focus,” the President said.

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