NLC refutes planned shutdown on May 29
• Says it’s the handiwork of fifth columnists
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has refuted claims that it would shut down the country, if electoral justice is not delivered by May 29, saying the publication making the rounds in the social media issued in the name of Labour and Civil Society Front (LCSF) is the handiwork of fifth columnists.
The rebuttal was made by the NLC president, Joe Ajaero, in a statement released on Wednesday.
Ajaero noted that the purported statement and its content were not only false but mischief by its authors to drag the NLC and the Trade Union Movement into their warped contrivance for purposes best known to them.
He said, “The said publication titled; if electoral justice is not delivered by May 29, Nigeria would be shut down is not only false but mischief by its authors to drag the NLC and the Trade Union Movement into their warped contrivance for purposes best known to their minds.
”Such a statement was unknown to us and we can neither be associated with it nor partake of whatever its intentions are.
“It is, therefore, important that we alert the public that we have not concluded any plans anywhere to mobilise any of our affiliates and constituents including the masses neither in Nigeria nor without for the purposes of embarking on any action after May 29 within the context outlined by the false statement.”
Ajaero added, “We dissociate ourselves from its intents and mission and are dauntless to say that such publication is not from the LCSF.
“The conveners of the Labour and Civil Society Front remain, Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, Senator Shehu Sani and Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, and any publication that does not have their imprimatur is false and can only be the handiwork of fifth columnists trying to use the organisation to mislead the public and create tension in the country.”