Chris Steven, Abuja
Ayuba Wabba, president of Nigeria Labour Congress says those fanning the embers of disunity in Nigeria need to be discouraged and schooled on the realities of war before they plunge the country into an avoidable civil war.
He maintained that the workers’ umbrella body would not allow anybody to use poor Nigerian workers, pensioners and peasants as cannon fodders for their selfish interests.
According to Wabba who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Thursday on many divisive statements which he said are threatening the unity of the country, dialogue remains the most tested and result-oriented form of conflict resolution mechanism and should be given full rein.
“Those fanning the embers of disunity need to be discouraged and schooled on the realities of war. In the same vein, we appeal to all parts of Nigeria, and indeed, all Nigerians not to fall cheaply for the glamorisation of conflict or war, as a solution to our self-inflicted crisis” he said.
He said the Congress spoke out as it was not persuaded by the base arguments that a fragmented Nigeria best suits any of its members noting that a physical conflict will hurt us all; most particularly workers, pensioners and their families who will be the most direct and immediate casualties.
“The desperate but vocal few cannot and should not be allowed to speak for the majority of us”!