The Presidency has said the decision by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on strike over the assault on the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, was not only unwarranted but also an attempt to blackmail the government.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Information & Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, on Monday, said the government was still at a loss as to why labour would punish a whole country of over two hundred million people over a personal matter involving the NLC President.
Royal Times reported that the unions, on Tuesday last week, said they will commence a nationwide strike on November 14 to protest Mr Ajaero’s brutalization in Owerri, the Imo State capital the previous week.
Mr Onanuga said although the government would not condone any form of violence and assault on any Nigerian, the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, had ordered investigation into the matter.
“While the federal government does not condone any form of violence and assault on any citizen of Nigeria regardless of his or her social and economic status, it is on record that the Inspector General of Police has ordered investigation into what happened to Mr. Ajaero while the Commissioner of Police in Imo State under whose watch the incident happened has been transferred out of the state,” the statement said.
Mr Onanuga further stated that the planned strike is immoral, unjustifiable and irresponsible.