Former Presidential Aide Condemns Ongoing Nationwide NLC Strike 

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By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna

Former presidential aide, Laolu Akande, has condemned and described the ongoing nationwide strike by the labour unions as uncalled for and a distraction while appealing to President Bola Tinubu to intervene.

Akande noted that the nation has bigger problems to deal with especially the current hardship being faced by Nigerians and the fiscal crisis of the Federal Government inherited from the previous administration.

Featuring on Channels Television programme, ‘Politics Today,’ Akande charged  President Tinubu to put an end to the myriad of national problems compounded by the national strike ordered by the National Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, which commenced on Tuesday.

“The President has said that the buck stops at his table, so we need to address Mr. President and say, look, Mr. President, fix this! We don’t need this distraction.

“The nation has more important problems to deal with. The people are suffering, the last thing that people want to have to deal with is a national strike. We don’t need this strike and I believe that it can be sorted out as quickly as possible. I don’t see a very big problem here,”

Asked if the strike was political or not, he responded, “That is why we have leaders. Our leaders are political leaders, elected political leaders to solve political problems.

“We have to balance it. The labour does have a responsibility, is it entirely right to bring the entire nation to its knees because of a local issue in Imo? The problem took place at a public gathering.  Wouldn’t it have been better to localise this thing in Imo? That’s for labour. I am not sure that punishing the whole country for whatever it is that is happening or happened in Imo State, I’m not sure that is the right decision on the part of the labour movement,”

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