Hundreds of Bauchi state citizens mostly youth staged a peaceful demonstration yesterday to opposed the planned strike action of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the recent removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.
The protesters converged at the Wunti roundabout which many considered as the center of the metropolis as early as 7:30am before embarking on the peaceful protest to the Bauchi Emir’s palace, NUJ secretariat along Ahmadu Bello way and finally ended up at the Government House Bauchi.
At the Bauchi Emir’s palace the protesters were received by the Ajiyan Bauchi Alhaji Bala Abubakar Attahiru who commended the maturity and discipline shown by the protesters and promised to deliver the message to the Emir.
Speaking to newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists secretariat, the spokesperson of the group, Alhaji Ali Sa’idu said they are totally against the decision of the NLC to embark on strike action which he described as unnecessary and uncalled for.
He explained that the removal of the subsidy presently is the best option considering the difficulties Nigerians have past through as a result of the scarcity of the commodity due to sabotage by some marketers and the vandalization of the petroleum pipelines by militants.
Alhaji Sa’idu stated that following the removal of the subsidy by the FG, fuel is now available in most of the filling stations eliminating long queues, saying in addition to that they have absolute confidence that the subsidy remedies would be used for development projects by Mr. President, unlike in the past where the subsidy funds was misappropriated by few individuals.
He therefore called on the Labour leaders in the country to shelve their wasteful ideas of embarking on strike that will not bring any relieve to Nigerians but instead more hardship especially to common man.