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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has faced a stern warning from the Presidency against its scheduled nationwide protest over the rising cost of living.

Despite this, the NLC remains resolute in its decision to proceed with the demonstration on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Government’s Stance on NLC Protest

The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, emphasized the government’s position in an interview, stating, “The attorney-general has written the NLC’s lawyer that the protest is illegal.

So, they are breaching a court order if they want to go on with the protest.” Additionally, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, cautioned against any disruption of commercial activities during the protest, emphasizing the need to maintain law and order.


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Police Appeal For Peace Against The NLC Protest

Law enforcement agencies across various states have assured the public of adequate security measures during the protest. The Lagos State Police Commissioner highlighted the command’s readiness to ensure the safety of lives and property while urging protesters to refrain from actions that could obstruct normal activities.

Similarly, the Police Commissioner in Ekiti State emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility, urging citizens to refrain from actions that could disrupt the peaceful coexistence in the state.

Civil Society Groups Withdraw Support From Protest

Concerns over the potential hijacking of the protest led 65 civil society groups to withdraw their participation. These groups expressed apprehensions about the possibility of violence and emphasized the need for peaceful dialogue to address the issues at hand.

NLC’s Defiance and Allegations

In defiance of government warnings, NLC President Joe Ajaero affirmed the union’s commitment to holding the protest as planned. He accused the government of orchestrating violence against peaceful protesters and reiterated the necessity of addressing the economic hardships faced by Nigerians.

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Government’s Call for Dialogue and Economic Reforms

The Federal Government defended its stance, highlighting ongoing efforts to address economic challenges and implement reforms aimed at long-term prosperity.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Idris Mohammed, emphasized the importance of dialogue and called the NLC’s decision to protest at this time unpatriotic.

Appeal for Patience and Unity

Amidst the economic reforms and impending protest, leaders like Pa Reuben Fasoranti of Afenifere appealed for patience and unity among Nigerians. He acknowledged the difficulties brought about by the economic measures but stressed the necessity for collective understanding and resilience.

As tensions rise ahead of the planned protest, the nation stands at a crossroads, with the government urging dialogue and cooperation while the NLC remains steadfast in its pursuit of addressing the plight of the Nigerian people.

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