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Hardship: Sowore Calls On CSO’s To Flood Nigerian Streets Says No Need To Wait For NLC

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Hardship: Sowore Calls On CSO’s To Flood Nigerian Streets Says No Need To Wait For NLC

Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the 2023 elections, Omoyele Sowore has called on Civil Society Organizations in the country to stop waiting for the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC before protesting the hardship presently bedevilling the nation.

Sowore, who stated this on Sunday when he featured on Arise TV program was reacting to a comment by President Bola Tinubu who recently accused the labour union of eyeing his position.

Tinubu had on Thursday declared that it was unacceptable for NLC to call for a strike within the first nine months of his administration.

The president, who spoke at the Lagos red line launching, claimed that organised labour does not represent the sole opinions of the Nigerian people, saying if they want to contest for the presidency, they should wait till 2027.

Reacting, Sowore said the president no longer respects NLC, urging CSOs to devise means of protesting the plight of Nigerians independently.

He said, “Tinubu is also saying something that I think should be important for everybody and that is to develop new voices because he no longer respects the NLC.

“The civil society movement in the country should also stop waiting opportunistically for a labour strike before we strike on our own.

“Let’s flood the streets tomorrow, he will know that there are real voices”.

Sowore also described Tinubu’s 2027 comment as baloney, saying when the ruling party wanted to take over power, they didn’t wait for election time.

“They practically hijacked ‘occupy Nigeria’ in 2012. That was where the APC started their political movement. Goodluck Jonathan had not enjoyed power for up to nine months when the occupation of Nigeria happened.

“Why would you say that the NLC should go and wait till 2027? NLC has already told you that they have hardship issues. The only thing that has not changed since Tinubu came into power is minimum wage”, he said

Hammed Tajudeen is a graduate of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication

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