Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliate body, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have staged a nationwide rally in support of the Federal Government’s anti-corruption war.
The NLC has therefore advocated capital punishment for treasury looters whose activities have hindered the country’s economy and national life.
President of the union, Comrade Ayuba Waba, leading the rally at the premises of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC), Abuja, yesterday, said, “All cases of corruption should be decided within a stipulated time.” Waba also added that “the EFCC should not only bark, but should be seen to be biting. This is a new dispensation, there is a new horizon and that is why from here we are going to the National Assembly because our laws are also very weak, our laws support corruption and that is why the punishment for corruption is very light, that is why we are demanding there must be capital punishment for those who have enriched themselves form our common purse.”
In his response, Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, commended the NLC for staging the rally, stating that, ‘It is for all of us to come together to fight corruption.”
The labour union also noted that all the sectors of the nation’s economy are suffering under the weight of corruption. It stated further that there are quite very good laws which must be followed, continuing that the nation must ensure that proceeds from the national oil must go straight into the national account.
The rally was the first since the inception of the Buhari-led administration and the activity is expected to generate results across the country.
In Ogun State, the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, addressing the rally in Abeokuta, the state capital, encouraged the NLC rally. According to Amosun, “Anybody that is found wanting, whether you are governor, whether you are Senate President, should be jailed for life.”
In Abia State, the rally took off on Aba road and members of the NLC in the south-eastern state, sent a strong signal that enough is enough for corruption in Nigeria.
Staging the rally in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, the labour union said, it has got the mandate to organise the rally to support Mr. President in his anti-corruption war. It also called on the political leaders to cut down on the cost of governance and punish corrupt officials. It therefore demanded an anti-graft court to take on cases of corruption.
In Kano, it was same song as the NLC branch of the north western state made clear statements. “Corruption kills our society, corruption kills our economy, corruption kills our health sector, corruption kills our agriculture, let us kill corruption.”
Also in River State, the NLC marched round the streets to declare support for the on-going anti-corruption war. The labour union made a strong statement. “If the President is not following the demand against corruption, we will take appropriate actions, including strike,” it vows.
Story by Dayo Emmanuel