Perhaps a last ditch effort to quell the nerves of the rebellious faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has assured that the current hike in the price of petroleum products was a bid to salvage what the past administration had ‘corrupted’.
Speaking at the headquarters of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Abuja, Tinubu explained that he was at the union’s headquarters to appeal to the NLC to shelve the strike.
“Buhari is straightforward. We didn’t say we won’t have problems with him, but he has integrity.
“They brought in SURE-P, but the only thing about SURE-P is corruption. It was sure stealing, sure diversion….
“Buhari will listen to us; we will work together to make this change possible.
“I can swear that Buhari will not touch a penny for personal gain. He has that character and integrity to steer Nigeria.
“Let us look at a new mechanism of doing things.
“Let us work together for a government that we know is honest. My mission here is for peace, for us to return to the negotiating table.
“Let us build Nigeria, let us make it the centre piece of Africa.
“Let us call off this strike. I come to beg on behalf of my party.”
“I cannot say, I’m a part of the decision that created the situation. I can only say I noticed the communication gap. And I cannot say you are enemies of this government.
“Today, we came here to appeal to you. Go back to history, we worked real hard to bring Nigeria on progressive path. For me a progressive government is all about the welfare of the people.
“Mr president, the former president of NLC, and senators are here to make it clear that you are not an enemy of a government that is progressive.
“This is by the way, we must introduce history… the political history of the country is not being taught in schools anymore.