The Nigeria Labour Congress has slammed the Southern and Northern governors for fighting over power shift amidst the bloodshed and rising poverty in the country.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, cautioned the state executives against overheating the polity while expressing shock over the brickbats by the governors.
The Southern Governors Forum had met in Lagos on July 5 and demanded that power must go to the South in 2023.
On September 27, the Northern Governors Forum met in Kaduna and insisted that power must remain in the North.
But commenting on the agitation at a roundtable on social protection cover with the theme ‘Expanding Social Protection Cover and Ensuring Effective Implementation in Nigeria,’ organised by the NLC in Abuja on Wednesday, Wabba submitted that the governors’ statements showed utter disregard for the suffering of Nigerians.
According to him, the 2023 elections must not be used as an excuse to unleash “fresh dimensions of intractable and internecine security crises in Nigeria.”
The NLC President stated, “I wish to send a note of caution to some members of Nigeria’s political elite, who are already overheating the polity on the account of the 2023 general election. Precisely on July 5, 2021, the Southern Governors Forum met in Lagos and demanded that power must go to the South in 2023.
“On September 27, the Northern Governors Forum met in Kaduna and made a counter- demand that power must remain in the North.
“As a national institution and a pan-Nigerian organization, the Nigeria Labour Congress expresses shock at such statements from both the northern and southern political hemispheres of our country.
“It is indeed sad and unfortunate that our politicians find the time and nerve to discuss 2023 when 2021 presents a foreboding cloud of insecurity, social tensions and general despondency manifest in our empty kitchens, unsafe streets and overflowing IDP camps.
“We warn that such statements show utter disregard for the cruel predicament and sufferings of ordinary Nigerians and workers struggling with the pains of broken politics and governance dysfunction in our country.”
Speaking at the roundtable, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said that the 9th House was committed to using the tools of legislative authority to advance solutions and implement policies that will help achieve the promise of a more perfect union in the country.
The Speaker said everything that needed to be done should be carried out by all the stakeholders to achieve the best vision for Nigeria and the welfare of the citizens.
The Speaker, who said he has the “greatest respect and love” for the Nigerian workers, called on well-meaning Nigerians, including politicians, to always have the interest of the workers at heart.
He stated, “We are making sure that there is a collective agreement on what it will take to achieve our best visions for Nigeria and the welfare of all our nation’s people. I expect that having secured agreement on what needs to be done, we will do what is required.
“I want to assure you that in the 9th House of Representatives, we are committed to using the tools of legislative authority to advance solutions and implement policies that will help achieve the promise of a more perfect union.”