Nigeria’s labour movement today raised the alarm that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has been taken over by charlatans like a former Niger Delta warlord, Asari Dokubo.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) which raised the alarm through its Vice President, Issa Aremu in Kaduna spoke against the backdrop of a threat by Dokubo who is the leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force .
Addressing workers on how insecurity in the North and Nigeria in general was affecting re-opening of textile industries and industrial development, particularly in the North, the labour leader said the audacity being displayed by Dokubo showed that the Jonathan’s presidency has been deregulated and as a result there is “nobody in charge.”
“Jonathan must address the National Assembly about the state of the nation because charlatans have taken over him and the country and we did not vote for charlatans. Asari Dokunbo cannot speak Nigeria because he is not elected by any Nigerian to speak on his or her behalf. President Jonathan has relevant aides to speak for Nigerians, not dubious people and charlatans talking about the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as if they are addressing a banana republic.
“These are little rats that have no sense of Nigerian history, they must be called to order by President Jonathan. President Jonathan should resign if he refuses to checkmate these unguided utterances. Jonathan and all stakeholders irrespective of their party affiliation come together and find lasting peace in the country for development of industries.”
Aremu who doubles as the General Secretary, National Union of Textile Garment &Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) in an open letter to the 19 Northern Governors on behalf of workers of moribund Kaduna Textiles Limited (KTL) said the union was disturbed by continuous closure of the KTL since 2002.
“We again call on the Northern Governors and the management of Kaduna Textile Limited (KTL) to settle the terminal benefits of KTL workers. But beyond settlement of the entitlements of KTL workers in particular, the Northern Governors must also bring back to life Kaduna Textiles Limited (KTL), the oldest textile company in Nigeria and indeed Africa and the proud legacy of the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello”, he stated.