The Trade Union Congress, TUC, has said that the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari is the worst in Nigeria’s history.
The Congress stated this while reacting to recent increase in electricity tariff as well as Wednesday’s hike in the price of petroleum products in the country.
In a statement Thursday, signed by Comrade Quadri A. Olaleye and Comrade Musa-Lawal Ozigi, president and secretary of the Congress respectively, TUC said no government in history has raped the people of Nigeria more than the present administration, and urged Buhari to “stop killing the dead,” it stated that “the daed are dying again,” reference to the unending sufferings caused by the government’s wicked policies.
“For the umpteenth time, we have complained about the gradual and steady annihilation of Nigeria in the light of government action.
“Like the book by George Orwell, titled “1984”, the government and its agencies have resorted to doing the opposite of what they were set up to do. Government, instead of providing welfare, is killing the people systematically.
“Can we really blame the petroleum providers? The CBN used to sell dollars to the providers at official price. It is now the case that the providers are looking for dollars in the open market. It is only natural that they will want to make profit.
“TUC therefore calls the government to direct CBN to provide dollars at official rate to importers for the petroleum products. We also call on the government to return the social services to its originally maintainable prices.
“From all indications, it appears this government has lost touch with Nigerians. All the policies Nigerians have kicked against, they have implemented. They have developed a thick skin that our pleas and cries no longer mean anything to them. No government has raped this country like the present one; ironically it has enjoyed our understanding the most. They beat us and when we cry they send security operatives after us or force us to pay a fine of N5m for ‘’Hate speech’’. Our patience has run out.
“In droves, Nigerians flee the shores of this country. Just two days we protested the hike in electricity tariff and sadly yesterday they slammed us with fuel hike, at a time countries like Ghana, Canada, are giving out palliatives to cushion the effect of coronavirus pandemic. It is difficult to cope in this circumstance.
“Do we still wonder why unemployment and insecurity have increased? This is disgustingly shameful. We urge government to listen to the voice of reason and reverse the price immediately. Stop pushing Nigerians to the wall. This is too daring. The Congress is calling a meeting of its organs to take decisions on this obnoxious move,” the congress stated.