The Nigerian Labour Congress on Monday has issued a stem warning to instruct workers to remain at home if the current fuel scarcity across the country is not surmounted.
This was contained in the statement of the factional NLC Deputy National President, Isa Aremu, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Kaduna.
The NLC statement is coming barely four days before the Peoples Democratic Party-led government will hand over the affairs of the nation to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, May 29.
Aremu said, “If the current scarcity and price robbery of Nigerians continue, NLC will have no choice but compel workers to stay at home”.
“Workers certainly cannot fuel themselves to work with their blood. There is a limit to slavery and state marketers’ extortion.
“With an outgoing President and incoming one, five past heads of state alive, 36 state governors and hundreds of legislators and scores of ministers, no country on earth parades the highest number of state actors like Nigeria”.
“Yet, there is no governance with respect to distribution of basic products like petroleum and kerosene.”
According to him, it is high time Nigerians stopped suffering in the hands of the “cabals” holding the nation to ransom for several weeks through deliberate deprivation of petroleum products.
He added, “What is happening in Nigeria amounts to economicide, which is a conscious subjugation of 170 million people to economic ruination through unsustainable petroleum import-based racket”.
“This is an unofficial declaration of war against the citizens by combined forces of irresponsible ruling elite and bussisness crooks.
“This agony of capitalism must be mass resisted by all Nigerians.”