Labour Compromised, Say Nigerian Activists, But We Won’t

By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigerian civil society groups and other stakeholders on have strongly dissociated themselves from the country’s major labour unions for calling off their nationwide strike.

At a press briefing at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, the activists, led by Mr. Dino Melaye, a one-time federal lawmaker, accused the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of orchestrating a “charade” with the intention of deceiving Nigerians they were fighting in the interest of the masses.

 “We dissociate ourselves from the leadership of organised labour,” Melaye said. “We cannot forget that every day they vowed and promised Nigerians in all languages and chanting songs that they will not cave in to pressure from the government until the price of fuel is returned to N65 per litre.”
Melaye, along with several other professional, religious, youth and labour leaders across all sectors of the economy who had condemned the government’s sudden removal of fuel subsidies on January 1 remained resolute in insisting the federal government reverse to N65 per litre of petrol.

After a week of nationwide demonstrations called by labour since January 9, which led to the death of numerous protesters and a freeze in economic activity across the country, Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan went into negotiations with the leadership of organised labour headed by NLC President Abdulwaheed Omar and TUC President-General, Peter Esele. The outcome saw President Jonathan pegging the fuel price at N97, and labour backpedaling on their promises to millions of Nigeria.

“It is our firm belief that someday these men and women who chose to ignore the cries of the common people of this land and the promise they made to the trusting people but rather aligned with the conquering class will answer to the people of Nigeria,” Melaye added.

The social change activists, including Ezenwa Nwagwu (the Joint Action Front), Dr. Yunusa Tanko and Roz Ben-Okagbue (the Save Nigeria Group), Azeenarh Mohammed, Olaonikpekun Ademyemi, Kate Pam (Occupy Nigeria), Hon. Oyetakin Ebenezer (the Nigeria Advance Party), Pastor Sarah Omakwu (the Family Worship Centre), Dino Melaye (the Anti Corruption League) and Willy Ezugwu (CNPP), thereafter jointly presented a signed petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission calling for a probe of the petroleum sector. They also submitted to the anti-corruption agency a copy of the 2010 forensic report of KPMG, the international audit firm, which exposed the gross corruption in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

The coalition of the civil society groups also called on Nigeria’s petroleum minister and managers of key petroleum agencies to resign their positions pending investigations into alleged fraudulent payments on subsidy to fuel suppliers. Should they refuse, they said Nigerians expect President Jonathan to order them to “proceed on indefinite leave”, as an assurance of his genuine desire to fight corruption.

 “The petroleum minister is well aware that a probe of the Petroleum Industry is a probe on her. We call on the minister to step aside during the period of probe so as not to influence the exercise knowingly or otherwise,” the statement from the civil groups read. “In the same vein, we call on the Group Managing Director of NNPC to step aside and also for the Executive Secretary of PPRA to do the same.”

While calling for a total reversal of the fuel pump price to N65 “before any deregulation of the downstream sector begins”, Occupy Nigeria, a movement of Nigerian citizens sharing the ideology of ensuring government officials are accountable and transparent to the citizenry, announced they would keep up the protests across Nigeria despite several threats by government officials on enforcing arrests of protesters. The members are scheduled to occupy spaces tomorrow by 4pm at Wuse 2, a highbrow area in Abuja.

“The statements and threats issued by the Minister of Information, Minister of Labour and the Attorney General of the Federation can in the least be described as misleading, blatant blackmail and an infringement on our fundamental right to legitimately and peacefully express ourselves,” Occupy Nigeria said in a statement. “Occupy Nigeria is only going to use democratic means as guaranteed by the Constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria to achieve our goals.”

The demands by Occupy Nigeria from the government and legislators, as signed by the Nigerian Youth League, the Youth Alliance Against Subsidy Removal, the Initiative For Transparency & Accountability, Reclaim Nigeria, the Youth Democratic Front, and the Nigeria Youth Leaders & Entrepreneurs Initiative, include: 

•    To set up a Judicial Panel of enquiry to investigate the human rights abuses and killings that took place during the protests;

•    For the government to pursue with the same zeal security challenges facing the nation as it did fuel subsidy removal;

•    To mandate the National Salaries and Wages Commission to effect a 50% cut in the salaries and allowances of members of the Executive and Legislative arms of government;

•    To effect an immediate reduction in the unwieldy size of government;

•    To make public the agreement reached between the government and NLC/TUC;

•    To amend the constitution forthwith to the effect that at least 60% of our budgetary allocations shall cover capital projects; and

•    The immediate replacement of Gordon Oboh, the Chief Security Officer of the President, and his trial for his involvement in unprovoked attacks on members of Occupy Nigeria on 9th of January 2012.

Comments
46 comment(s)
Post a comment

Ain't seen nothing yet

It must have been the wildest cerebration of his life folowing the recapitulation of labor last week. Deri the creep has woken up from his hanged over slumber only to be confronted with the ressurection of NADECO and the stirrings of NDCSC. This is your and anyone of your twisted minded bloggers for hire worst nightmare. If you were perceptible enough, you will have sensed the spirit of Gani still hovering over freedom squares all over Nigeria.

I admire your new nation spirits Yom Yom and Niger Delta Warrior!

Does CHARACTER Matter in Nigeria?

This is the question that Nigeria has since faced since the inception of our country. We all see how the leaders have treated the Land of our Fathers, including the so-called labor leaders who swore up & down that they were on the side of the masses. I am overwhemingly confident how the masses will answer this SEMINAL question. We do have Ancestors, and did not fall from trees. Unless our Ancestors did not have scrupples, and I KNOW THAT they DID. The measure of a Nation is in how the masses are treated. Death to the oppressors of the masses!! Vive the Nigerian Masses.

@yom yom I agree with you, let's fight for this land its enough

@deri you are a stupid person i have been reading many of your comments. @yom yom is very right and he is a true nigerian not an idiot like you, may God punish your kind and give you illnesses that you will spend every penny the thieving politicians gives you and shorten your life because you are of no purpose to niger delta and nigeria(Amen)This is the time to introduce curses on the Agents of darkness in nigeria.

@yom yom I agree with you, let's fight for this land its enough

@deri you are a stupid person i have been reading many of your comments. @yom yom is very right and he is a true nigerian not an idiot like you, may God punish your kind and give you illnesses that you will spend every penny the thieving politicians gives you and shorten your life because you are of no purpose to niger delta and nigeria(Amen)This is the time to introduce curses on the Agents of darkness in nigeria.

solidarity!

no matter how greedy a person is, when he becomes an enemy to ur enemy; he is ur friend. Itz either u hv ur personal grudges with DINO MELAYE or u r just another saboteur. instead of this defamatory post, why can't u just do sth to help the masses than compounding their problems with ur woes!!!!!tata

The Next Episode!

I have watched closely and see that majority of Nigerians don't know what is under their nose... Well let me tell you guys, The next episode is yet to unfold! Whatever, I have predicted on this forum always came to pass. Presido. Jona. will unleash the next shocker, and then everyone would know Jonathan isn't really the dumb ass many thought he was...

Three major shocker will follow successfully and then Nigeria will shake to it's foundation...

Mark my words, I know what I am saying...

A quote for the wise

"NO ONE IN HIS RIGHT MIND WILL ACCEPT THAT A NATION THAT IS THE 8th LARGEST OIL PRODUCER HAS NO FUNCTIONING REFINERY, THAT IT IMPORTS FUEL AS A MATTER OF POLICY TO THE POINT THAT ITS LEADERS NO LONGER TALK ABOUT REFINING INTERNALLY, THAT ITS WORKERS RECEIVE A MINIMUM WAGE OF LESS THAN $100 A MONTH, THAT IT HAS NO ELECTRICITY, NO FUNCTIONAL RAILWAYS OR AIRLINES, NO ROAD NETWORK, NO SOCIAL SECURITY OF ANY KIND, UNIVERSITIES CLOSED MONTHS ON END. FOR AS LITTLE AS COMMON COLD THE PRESIDENT AND HIS SENATORS CAN ENGAGE THE SERVICES OF A FLEET OF 11 PRIVATE JETS TO GO ABROAD FOR TREATMENT! THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE OUTSIDE NIGERIA CANT WRAP THEIR HEADS AROUND. WHEN I TELL PEOPLE HERE THAT IN MY COUNTRY THE POLICE CAN ARREST YOU TAKE YOU TO A POLICE STATION AND KILL YOU AFTER TORTURE AND THEN CALL YOU A GUN RUNNER, THEY LOOK AT ME AND LAUGH! TO THEM SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS NOT EVEN THE STUFFS OF THE MOVIES!" Open your eyes people and stop living in ignorance for it certainly isn't bliss.

D Battle for the soul of Nigeria

D battle 4 d soul of Nigeria which has been on for a long time,is presently gathering momentum.No matter how long, truth will ultimately overcome falsehood and on that day all these corrupt public officers & greedy politicians will have no place 2 hide.The forces of good will ultimately triumph over the forces of evil.God bless Nigeria and Nigerians but death 2 the oppressors of Nigeria & Nigerians.

@deri.I rather be an activist than a paid blogger

I rather fight for my country than
Fight for thieves that call themselves
Politicians in nigeria, unlike bigot deri that
Could not see beyond his corrupt belly
Ibb obj jonathan buhari sambo they are not
My cup of tea,corrupt free nigheria is my
Dream, so @Deri assholes like you cannot
Discourage me frm fighting for my rights.

I'm with u

What time are we nigerian going ahead 2 think 4 there safe? It is better 4 them 2 piete 4 them same rather than 2 wait 4 those useless leaders

A 50% increase.

If they settle for #97 this interprets to a 50% increase, this would that every known commodity in the land will increase by at least 50%, the consequence will be dire, everybody will fill it, from the street sellers to the church offerings, we think things are hard wait till it really kick in. God help us all.

THE TRUTH ABOUT DINO

God bless your entire generation. Did I hear A BIG AMEN? You have said the bitter truth. In repentance, there is what we call penance - Dino's penance should be to sell all the assets (including the luxurious cars) he has because they were all stolen wealth from the poor masses, he has never done any legitimate business in his life, and use the money to provide mass transit buses that will be self-maintained to run in his state and Abuja. So that the people he claimed to have represented will benefit from his penance. Then he can become the Masses Leader.
God Bless Nigeria!!!

Good talk, Dino is

Good talk, Dino is desperately looking for contract or position with the govt, he is not fighting for any masses.masses shine your eye ooo, I dey laugh ooo.

Fuel subsidy

Congratulation compatriots. On the first of January 2012, The federal government greeted the great people of Nigeria with increase in pomp price of fuel but gallant Nigerians protested vehemently in anger in absolute rejection of the anti people policy and made their voice heard.Nigerians via social media were heard in London, Washington, Beijing,Cairo etc. Compatriots let us look beyond reversal of pomp price of PMS to 97 which falls short of the people's demand but let us understand that non violent revolution has been sown for the betterment of our great nation.The mere realization of the fact that the people challenged the ruling class with one voice against corruption is a vicious victory far beyond our imagination. Gandhi started this way, Martin Luther copied him and now greet Nigerians. I salute your courage my people.
May God bless Nigeria

haba sahara reporters and the socalled civil society groups

Sahara reporters it is so foolish of you guys to be going around with this news because is it not a shame that it is people like Dino leading this civil society groups someone that was disgraced of the house and could not win reelection on another platform please can you guys say something else.
Thank God that NLC/TUC saw the hand writing on the wall and called of the strike.
Those of you that are complaing what would you have done.Please tell Bakare and Buhari that you cannot follow back door to enter aso rock so instead of causing problems in the country they should should join hand to keep nigeria one.

ignorance is a bad illness.

Mr Deri or whatever u call urself,seems ur ignorance is affecting ur brain,go and read the history of struggles and revolutions very well those who start it might not see its end check out d biogrphy of Martin Luther.He started d struggle 4 equal rights in America,but it only happened after his death.The struggle did not die with Gani and as u can see the likes of Bakare are leading the battle now,am sure someday we'll have a corrupt free Nigeria and justice will run like water in this country.Learn 2 separate ideas 4rm d person,have a nice day.

A WARNING LONG TIME......

A Pastor had warned the nation during the late 70s' that it would take about 2-million innocent souls to FREE Nigeria. Quoting him, "Let us accept the price now, because if we don't the it would keep increasing". I do not know if the same Pastor is still alive today. But my dear Nigerians, the evidence of such mounting price is all before us today. Everyone of us is afraid, or we simply lack the appropriate "starter kits"?. However, the word of GOD is clear, "Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" [John 15:13].

NLC, Fuel Subsidy and the People

Well, we have gone through this path before but this time around the people are wide awake! Wether or not the Unions ompromised, one thing that is clear is that "We must be on the Watchout" as the Executive is scared to see Nigerians so united on a common cause. That I believe is what prompted the 'Presidential backdown' not any pristine consideration!
Plan, prepare and starategise against the ruling cabal and take Nigeria back to democratic precints. The cahnce is very close -all the governatorial elections and 2015 General Elections.

FREE THE MESSENGERS.....READ THE MESSAGE

@@y'all...even David, Solomon and Saul later named Paul were used by God in the bible....pls free Dino, El-Rufai and co. Why don't you all remove the speck in your eyes 1st. Instead of you to be thinking of how you will lead us as the saints you are by the way Mr. John O, you are there being shallow minded and malicious. Since you haven't stolen and may still not have shoes, abeg stay away so that ye may not be tempted o, and allow the so called thieves now born-again lead. Haba, una no dey tire to crucify person ne? Imagine if you were God na, naim be say even Moses for no exist. Please, let's stop castigating people, and do what we believe is right in our own way, from our little corner. Thank you for listening!

Esele now a Board Member of the PIB!

Tell me labour did not sell out. Dino is not the issue here. Beware of red herrings!

DINO...Good effort

It is so digusting to read about how pple have written to say all sorts of nonsense.

Melaye, pls you must not be detered!!! Your effort is rather being appreciated and we are all joining in dis fight. It is better to have ur in this fight dan to see you retired back to your comfort zone.

Pls keep up d good work!!!

Melaye, Pls, don't be

Melaye,

Pls, don't be dettered!!! We are impressed, moresoe that all the points mentioned and simply because it certainly in d interest of d masses if fulfilled eventually.

It bad rather to have someone like you retired back to your comfort zone and do noting about d situation of this country. It is a wise thing to do rather dan seat back and watch like a spectator. It is a fight for all!!!

Pls carry GO!!!

Be patriotic

We do need to have patriotic mind to succeed in nigeria,an average nigerian is corrupt and yet we blame government for all our problems,let us purge ourselves of this cancer killing our nation,so that our children will inherit an economic stable country from us.
It hurts to pay more for fuel, but now is the time to get our economy back to track.
Let us roll our sleeves and support the economic team lead by Ngozi

we are nt gullible

Can't believe a thief dt wz thrown out of politics and dt acquired so much wealth when he wz amomg the corrupted house member now ha ds audacity to come out openly and accusing his other unscrupulous element or better still his cohorts of burglars who hd succeeded in. Carting away our resources. Well I dnt blame him he knows Nigerians are gullible so he decided to out wit his new facade to deceive us as d messaih in order to buttress his chances of contesting comes 2015. We are tired of you all, what ecactly wz his contribution when he was a house member, ws he nt a thief too. Sorry he never knew then that some downtrodden were suffering while they earn enormous salaries and allowances. You cannt champion your cause also by using the masses, when the time riped we will fight our own battle without bin used n dumped like the so called labour leaders.

SHAME ON US ALL. I SAY SHAME

And Now, Things fall apart! SHAMEEEEE to US ALL. Finally, I GIVE UP on Nigerians. Now I see, this Generation shall pass away and there shall be no end in sight of the Chroinic Self Enslavement that Nigerians so much enjoy & wallow in. It didn't take Rocket Science for me to see tru GEJ's N97 speech that this was all an Elaborate RUSE. We av been taken for a ride people. As he marshaled orders like an all conquering commander, u cud see that all this whole drama was another badly written Nollywood script. Labour has sold out & Nigerians cud not wait to go back to d drudgery they call a life. Here in Uyo, Life was biz as usual all tru d strike & by today all the banks were under siege as people stormed to get access to cash. For many, life must continue; enough of d struggle. This is how once again, we lost to them. SHAME I SAY SHAME ON US ALL.

we are nt gullible

Can't believe a thief dt wz thrown out of politics and dt acquired so much wealth when he wz amomg the corrupted house member now ha ds audacity to come out openly and accusing his other unscrupulous element or better still his cohorts of burglars who hd succeeded in. Carting away our resources. Well I dnt blame him he knows Nigerians are gullible so he decided to out wit his new facade to deceive us as d messaih in order to buttress his chances of contesting comes 2015. We are tired of you all, what ecactly wz his contribution when he was a house member, ws he nt a thief too. Sorry he never knew then that some downtrodden were suffering while they earn enormous salaries and allowances. You cannt champion your cause also by using the masses, when the time riped we will fight our own battle without bin used n dumped like the so called labour leaders.

Chop I Chop , NLC ( Nigerian

Chop I Chop , NLC ( Nigerian Lying Congress ) , have collected their own share . Dino is now hoping to be invited for his own .
The Nigerian masses ? , as usual , left in the cold .

true spirit of Democracy

WE shall conquer!

Melaye?

With Melaye, the worst is yet to come. I'm pleading to honest Nigerians with first class integrity to step up and save Nigeria from useless and corrupt leaders. Melaye is a rogue.

9ja is finished with opportunist like Yom yom working 4 bakare

Can he do more than late chief Gani did for the suffering masses? Yet the people rejected Gani at the polls. This are opportunist with no clear ideological vision. Theirs is just to get rid of Jonathan for buhari and bakare. Even if it means making use of the remains of boko haram. Imagine a clown like Yom Yom, chasing shadows in Enugu. When he could not say a word in Mandalla and Adamawa. Is Yom Yom also an activitist now? When did it start? With labour? Na waaooh 4 9ja! Look at Dino, a house boys to drug barons now turned activists in Nigeria. KenSarowiwa must be turning in his grave by now! Government should just allow them be sending their empty photograps to SR-we saw similar trends during the buhari and bakare talk shows-it was all empty noise and some photo sessions with some hired crowd from Chad and Niger Republic. Animals

Post a comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
Comments are limited to a maximum of 1000 characters.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <p> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.