By Tony Akowe, Abuja
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank has accused the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) of betraying Nigerians and playing into the hands of the Federal Government.
Frank, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, said Nigerians can no longer trust labour leaders because of their failure to protect Nigerians and workers against oppressive policies of the government.
He said Nigerians should not to be deceived by the empty threats by the NLC over the recent increase in fuel price, adding Organised Labour that is supposed to fight for the welfare of workers and by extension the masses, has betrayed Nigerians.
He alleged rather than champion the cause of the ordinary Nigerians, the NLC has sold out and become a tool of deception and oppression in the hands of the government.
He described the NLC’s statement rejecting the present fuel price increase as a “Nollywood script” as “Nigerians know that they have connived and agreed to the increase before its announcement.
He challenged the NLC to make public its agreement with the Federal Government following the last sharp increases in electricity tariffs and the pump price of petrol in September.
He said: “It is clear that the present leadership of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have traded the welfare of workers for their personal enrichment.
“The NLC has since abandoned the struggle and has lost its mettle as the guardian and protector of workers’ interests. Their voices are silent because their throats are filled with inducements. They now mew like cats instead of roaring like lions. They have lost their Aluta venom and sting.
“The NLC claimed to have entered into an agreement with the FG when the latter surreptitiously jacked up the price of fuel and electricity tariffs.
“Today, those prices did not only stand, the Federal Government has gone ahead to again effect a new increase in the price of petrol at the time prices of crude oil have plummeted at the international market.
“Let the NLC leave Nigerians alone. Nigerians can fight for themselves and they will fight to defeat this evil regime in the next election.”