Chris Steven, Abuja
As the nation marked its 56 independent anniversary on Saturday, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has reiterated its stand which it said it has maintained over the last three decades that Nigeria is not for sale.
In a message issued to mark the occasion, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the Congress would continue to work with all genuine patriots to resist the policy that seeks to sell the nation’s commonwealth, common patrimony, to the politically connected and their patrons and sidekicks.
Comrade Wabba in the message titled ” Let us work together to overcome our nation’s challenges” said that as Nigerian workers, their faith in the Nigeria nation was unshaken.
“The NLC have maintained over the last three decades since the early 80’s that Nigeria is not for sale. We will continue to work with all genuine patriots to resist the policy that seeks to sell our commonwealth, our common patrimony, to the politically connected and their patrons and sidekicks.
As workers our faith in the Nigeria Nation is unshaken. Our members in every part of the nation from the creeks in the South South, to the plain lands of the northern most part of the country, from the South East to the South West, we are committed to a united Nigeria; all those seeking to dismember our country for self-serving reasons will fail.”
He urged Nigerians to take a positive view of the country instead of indulging in self-recrimination and bitterness that hurts majority of Nigerian saying “the time to rebuild our nation is now, for as they say, strength comes from rubble. We must never yield to despondency”
Speaking on the 56 independent anniversary, the NLC President, said Nigerians in the midst of a recessionary economy, and amidst massive suffering and unprecedented challenges in the polity, must keep faith, that “we will overcome our difficulties and challenges, and ultimately triumph over our current socio-economic and political challenges.”
He also to called on the political leadership in the country -from National to States and local government levels, that they need to do more to show selfless commitment to building a strong and sustainable country in which our current and future generations will be proud of.
” As the biggest black nation on earth, we collectively owe it as a duty to the black race,both in the continent and in the diaspora to build a united and prosperous nation.
For these aspirations to be achieved, government at all levels must strive to build strong and viable public institutions. The history of human development in all the continents of the world have shown that the developmental state had led the quest for the development of nations.” He said