Following the assault on the Nigeria Labour Congress President, Joe Ajaero, the Federal Government on Tuesday condemned the organized Labour over the ongoing nationwide strike declared by union leaders.
The Special Assistant to the Minister of the Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Kamarudeen Ogundele, criticized and questioned the motive behind the strike action saying it was not in the interest of the country.
Ogundele, who spoke on what he described as the genesis of the strike, said, there was an order of the court banning NLC from assembling or protesting in Imo, stressing that the government would not promote violence as there is no claim of the president supporting the attack in the state.
His exact words: “They (the labour unions) claimed that the NLC president was attacked in Imo State and I understand that there was an order of the court banning them from assembling or protesting in Imo. But they went against the order of the court by assembling. The government of the day is not out to promote violence but the labour unions have not come out to say the president of the country had a hand in what happened on that day. Why are they now trying to escalate what happened in the state to the whole federation?”
Reacting to this, President of the Trade Union Congress, Festus Osifo, noted that the Governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodimma, had not apologised over the brutalisation of Ajaero, adding that the nationwide strike declared by the organised Labour recorded partial compliance in several states on Tuesday.