By Yelmi Luka, Bauchi
Former Senator representing Kaduna central, Shehu Sani has appealed to Nigerians to come out en mass and fully participate in the nationwide strike been mobilized by the organized labour in the country.
Senator Sani who served in the 8th senate made the appeal Saturday when Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state commissioned the Secretariat of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Federal Polytechnic Bauchi chapter.
The Senator said massive participation of Nigerians in the strike became necessary as the move was for the interest of all and for the future of the country.
“In the next few days, Nigeria Labour Congress will be launching a national protest and strike, on behalf of the NLC, I call on each and every one of you to respect the strike, because it is for all Nigerians”, he said
According to him, the strike was meant to protect the future of the country, saying, “it is a strong challenge to the leadership that have forgotten how they came into office.”
Our correspondent gathered that the ASUP Secretariat was named after the late Senator Ali Wakili who was representing Bauchi South senatorial district when died.
Senator Sani noted that the late lawmaker had worked assiduously towards ensuring good governance, justice and advancement of democracy in Nigeria.
He commended the leadership of ASUP, federal polytechnic Bauchi for recognizing the contribution of the late Senator Wakili who worked assiduously for the development of Nigeria.
He added that the late senator suffered a lot in the hands of people who presided over the affairs of Bauchi state in the past.
On the forthcoming celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, the former Senator stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to tackle the numerous challenges confronting the country.
“In the next few days, Nigeria will be 60 years as an independent nation, and it is a time for us to appreciate and carefully analyze the successes, failure and the challenges we faced as a nation and as a people”, he said.
The Senator who went Memory lane said going by the history, the manifestos of politicians in the pre-independence Nigeria when campaigning have been always on infrastructure, light, water and education.
“I believe in 2023, the campaign of the next politicians will be on the same issues. I think we should accept the fact that, Nigeria is not where is supposed to be, where our aspirations and needs as people have not been made by our leaders”, he decried.