Police can’t stop peaceful protest against hardship, workers tell CP

Nigeria workers in Kwara State have resolved to hold a peaceful protest on Wednesday against the economic hardship arising from petrol price hike, which has made lives unbearable for Nigerians.

The unionists insisted that police do not have the right to stop the lawful protest, which is guaranteed by the Constitution, except there is directive from the national body to shelve the August 2, planned strike.

The Unions’ leaders made their stance known at a security meeting with stakeholders conveyed by the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State, CP. Rotimi Adelesi on Tuesday in Ilorin, the State Capital.

This was in response to the Kwara State Police boss had appealed to the leaders of the workers Unions to put off the protest and continue with the engagement they have begun with the federal government.

Spokesman of the Nigeria Police Command in Kwara State, SP Okasanmi Ajayi in a statement said the labour leaders and the student leaders at the meeting spoke about their readiness to cancel the protest if only their national leaders directed them to so do”.

“One thing that was, generally agreed upon, was that the peace and progress of the state are paramount in the minds of all.

“The CP and all others at the meeting agreed to await the final decision of the meeting between the Labour leaders and the government”, SP. Ajayi cited the fragile security situation in Kwara.

A Director of State Services and Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and students unions leaders as well as other groups made made contributions to the discussion at the meeting, according to the statement.

Recall that Comrade Joe Ajaero, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, had said there is no going back on the peaceful protest and strike in the wake of President Bola Tinubu’s nationwide broadcast where he disclosed policy measures that the federal government has taken to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.

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