Nigeria’s 19 Years Of Democracy Only Serves Political Class – NLC

Nigeria’s 19 Years Of Democracy Only Serves Political Class – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said the truth remains that democracy has served the political class and not the average Nigerian while the country celebrate democracy’s irreplaceable gift of freedom, liberty and popular representation.

The congress stated that 19 years of democracy in Nigeria had offered very sparse rewards for the Nigerian people, noting that the government had failed to allocate resources on the basis of equity, justice and sustained national development and cohesion.

This was contained in a statement by the President of the Congress, Ayuba Wabba, entitled, “19 years of democracy: time to ask questions” in Abuja as the nation celebrates Democracy Day on Tuesday.

Wabba said Nigerian workers were frequently turned into cannon fodder by the political elite in their high stakes political games and mindless scramble for the commonwealth.

He noted that despite escalating costs of living, devaluation of the naira and general hardship in the land, workers were still forced to survive on N18, 000 minimum wage with many states owing backlog of salaries and pensions.

“Unfortunately, those we elected to serve as democratic leaders have not only turned around to serve themselves, but continue to exploit every given opportunity to turn the rest of us into paupers in our own land.

Wabba added, “While pensioners wallow in misery and unimaginable suffering, the members of the political elite led by state governors as a matter of law and policy, take in advance whopping severance packages to which they are not entitled in the first place.”

The NLC President noted that despite the efforts of the government, the infrastructure was still in tatters, the roads were impassable and public electricity supply remained epileptic.

In spite of the effort by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to fight corruption, the union said corruption kept fighting back more viciously, adding that the wanton killings across the country called for concern.


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