TUC urges workers to resist military coup

By Toyin Olasinde   |   25 May 2017   |   3:29 am

Nigerian Military

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has flayed rumours of coup making the rounds since President Muhammadu Buhari’s second medical trip abroad and called on all Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations to resist any military incursion into the nation’s politics.

It averred that Nigerians must see military intervention in politics as an aberration and warns the military to steer clear of politics.

President of TUC, Bobboi Kaigama said that the military, indeed all Nigerians have condemned coups in Africa and even outside the continent, saying this was widely commended by the international community.

For the military to even conceive of a coup, even if it was a mere rumour was not only a misadventure, but also ignoble.

‘”One beauty of democracy is that there is freedom of speech and at least it has allowed us to challenge our thieving politicians at all levels. This is not the case with the military, which does not possess any iota of democratic blood in their exhibition of autocracy and brute force,” he said.

He pointed out that the Nigerian workers and the masses of the country had sacrificed a lot to enthrone democracy that has now been hijacked by a negligible few who have now become the lawmakers, governors and so-called political leaders to the detriment of the working class and citizens of the country.

“Let it be known that the people have voted for democracy and will strive to protect it. What should be paramount to all progressive Nigerians now is how to move the country forward and not to distabilise it. We know who caused the problems of the country,” he added.

Kagiama said Nigerians know that the present government has a serious challenge, which all of us must strive to correct but certainly not through a military coup.

“The military, mainstream politicians and privileged Nigerians should be careful not to throw the country into another political pandemonium and disappear into thin air leaving the masses to suffer. Let the rumour be what it is-a rumour. Nigerians are no longer ready for any hoodwinking because we have come of age,” he said.




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