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Tinubu pleads with NLC over strike, vouches for Buhari

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National leader of the All Progressives Party (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday called on the Ayuba Wabba-led NLC to call off its on-going strike action.

Tinubu who made the call during a visit to the secretariat of the congress in Abuja in company of the Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, told the labour leaders that he can vouch for President Muhammadu Buhari that he would not mismanage the country’s finances.

He told the labour leaders, that the president is an honest and straight forward person who can be relied upon, and called on the NLC to return to the negotiation table with government.

Tinubu said, “I cannot say, I’m a part of the decision that created the situation. I can only say I noticed the communication gap. And I cannot say you are enemies of this government.

“‎Today, we came here to appeal to you. Go back to history, we worked real hard to bring Nigeria on progressive path. For me a progressive government is all about the welfare of the people.

“Mr President, the former president of NLC, and senators are here to make it clear that you are not an enemy of a government that is progressive.

“We have refineries, but they are not serving our people. Is it benefiting the public? Why should we continue problem after problem, and continue to do the same things over and over again.

“We must try new things. I’m here to appeal to you to understand this government. You brought this government in. If change is our slogan, are we collaborating to make it possible?

“This is by the way, we must introduce history‎… the political history of the country is not being taught in schools anymore.

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“In good conscience, many of you who are part of genuine labour struggle know its about progress and not cheap oil. ‎
”We are shipping our labour, oil and opportunities abroad, which is not good for the country.

“Buhari is straightforward. We didn’t say we won’t have problems with him, but he has integrity. Buhari will listen to us‎, we will work together to make this change possible.

“I can swear that Buhari will not touch a penny for personal gain. He has that character and integrity to steer Nigeria.

“Let us look at a new mechanism of doing things. “Let us work together for a government that we know is honest. My mission here is for peace, for us to return to the negotiating table.

“Let us build Nigeria, let us make it the centre piece of Africa. Let us call off this strike. I c‎ome to beg on behalf of my party”, he stated.

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