Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike during the last Workers’ Day Celebration said that labour has failed Nigerians by refusing to act in the fac
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike during the last Workers’ Day Celebration said that labour has failed Nigerians by refusing to act in the face of unbridled killings of defenceless Nigerians across the country.
The governor was apparently referring to the unfortunate crisis between herders and farmers in parts of the country and wants the NLC and TUC to confront the Federal Government.
Governor Wike said that it is not in the national interest for Labour to be concerned only with increase in emoluments when Nigerians are being killed daily.
“Labour is only after the increment of wages and emoluments without showing concern for the mass killings going on across different states of the Federation.
“Labour is quiet in the face of deaths. Of what benefit will increment of salaries be when all your children, friends and relatives are killed in the course of this national insecurity? It is incumbent on Labour to rise up in defence of Nigerians by demanding for immediate cessation of killings “.
Governor Wike called on Labour to rekindle their pre-2015 posture when they participated in occupy Nigeria during the Jonathan era, urging Labour to defend the nation’s democracy which is under threat by the failure of the APC Federal Government to respect the rule of law and democratic tenets.
“Be vigilant and defend our democracy in 2019. That is what labour is known for. Labour thrives under democracy. Without democracy, labour will run into challenges “, he said.
Commenting on Wike’s May Day speech, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress APC and frontline governorship aspirant, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs held a completely different view, saying that the condoning of the likes of Governor Wike by Organized Labour (NLC and TUC) is the real cause of insecurity in the country and threat to democracy.
Speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs said that Governor Nyesom Wike’s 2018 Workers’ Day Speech was intended to incite workers against the Federal Government in order to create unrest, uprising and outright rebellion against the Federal Government. The consequences of which would be large-scale bloodshed, killings and destruction of property far in excess of what is currently happening in the country. “Governor Wike by his speech advocated total anarchy” Dumo Lulu-Briggs said.
“It is an irony of immense proportion that a governor who practically shot himself into Government House in 2015 and who is known to be fraternizing with cultists could without remembering how he emerged, incite Labour to mutiny. Nyesom Wike lacks the moral ground to make such a pronouncement, considering that the floodgate of bloodshed was opened in Rivers State on the very first day of 2018 when 21 persons were gruesomely murdered in Omoku town”.
“The governor was not sincere when he said all our children, friends and relatives are killed in the course of national insecurity. The real killer of our children, friends and relatives is hunger caused by the inability of Governor Wike to create jobs, pay workers and retirees. Our people are dying of hunger”.
Lulu-Briggs’ reaction against Governor Wike’s Workers’ day speech is coming on the heels of the pronouncement by the founder of the Deeper Life Ministries, Pastor W.F. Kumuyi who said “All killings are bad, reprehensible and condemnable. But it shouldn’t be deliberately turned into an ethno-religious propaganda tool for mischievous political ends”.
Continuing, Dr Kumuyi said “There are certain persons or groups who would rather have the country go up in flames than to have the country focusing on how much they stole and ruined the country. These killings benefit only them” he concluded.
Toeing the same line of reasoning like Pastor Kumuyi, Dumo Lulu-Briggs said that Governor Wike’s call for workers’ revolt against President Buhari is aimed at creating an atmosphere of uncertainty so that the governor could get away with his several acts maladministration.
Also, a Port Harcourt based Christian Organization, The Alliance Against Violence, insisted that the poverty-propelled insecurity in Nigeria is attributable to Labour turning a blind eye on thieving governors like Wike and wondered how the Rivers State Governor could shamelessly call on Labour to rebel against the Federal Government.
Speaking through its Director of Information and Strategy, Pastor James Dike, the organization said that “What Labour should protest about is the alleged withdrawal of over eleven billion naira in raw cash from the Rivers State Government’s account that occurred between October and February 2016 – Eleven billion naira in raw cash
“What Labour should be asking is what has happened to the 2008 arrest of Barr Nyesom Wike by EFCC for allegedly stealing over N4 billion. This happened one year into his tenure as Chief of Staff.
“What Labour should protest (and this is one of the reasons Wike would want to see the country ablaze) is the petition before the EFCC over the alleged corrupt practices of Barr Nyesom Wike while he held sway as the Minister of State for Education during which contracts for the building of Almajiri Schools and supply of textbooks were alleged to have been allocated to persons acting as fronts to Chief Wike, which was in clear breach of his office as Minister of the Federal Republic.
“What Labour should protest is the alleged stealing, diversion of public funds, corrupt practices that is synonymous with the Nyesom Wike-led Rivers State Government”.
The Alliance Against Violence concluded that the resources available in Nigeria can guarantee every citizen his/her basic need of life but for the atrocities of the likes of Governor Wike and if the NLC and TUC want to stop the violence in the country, Labour should concentrate on fighting corruption.
In his own conclusion, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs said that “Rivers State is in dire need for the type of leadership that must lift artificial weights from the shoulders of men and women, and clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all, and to afford all, an unfettered start, and a fair chance in the race of life”.