By; Abdull-Azeez Ahmed Kadir, Kaduna.
The Northern wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Monday said it opposes the planned nationwide strike by organized labour unions to protest the increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly known as fuel in the interest of the masses.
Speaking through the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the wing, Rev. John Joseph Hayab with Journalists in Kaduna, the religious body advised federal government and organized labour to sheath their sword and save Nigerians from worsening their hard situation.
“We understand the challenge of the time, though we may frown at the process in which the deregulation was carried out, but it is not enough reason for us to repeal the deregulation now, we must stop the attitudes of going forward and backward” he said.
“Our plea to the masses, labour and the federal government is to stop the strike action, because it will not remedy the pains Nigerians are going through.
“Labour and government must go to the round table and discuss on what to do to improve the living conditions of the people they are representing.
“Strike will only affect our economy negatively and it will not even do good to the people we want to protect, but it would only worsen their condition,” he stressed.
“For once, let us close our eyes and give this deregulation a trial, and let’s make sacrifices that will better out tomorrow and secure our future” the group advised, and further appeal to the federal government to come up with palliative measures to cushion the effect of the fuel price increase.