The Nigeria Union of Railway Workers, NUR, has alleged that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State sponsored thugs and bandits to attack the peaceful protest of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.
The State chapter of the NLC had on Monday begun a five-day warning strike to protest against El-Rufai’s incessant sack and casualisation of the workers in the Kaduna civil service.
But NUR in a joint statement signed by its President, Comrade Innocent Luka Ajiji and Secretary General, Comrade Segun Esan, said that they were attacked with missiles, matchers, knives and other dangerous weapons by sponsored thugs.
“NUR regretted that, rather for Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to seek peaceful and constructive means to resolve these issues with the leadership of the labour, he has resorted to wielding hooliganism and banditry to repel a just and legitimate protest gathering of the Congress.
“This singular act on the part of this diminutive and serpentine Nasir El-Rufai has made him and all he represents a phenomenon to be repudiated with attendant passion and this has also left the NUR, in total solidarity to the NLC and Kaduna State workers, with no option than to warn that if any member of the Labour Congress is reported to have suffered any injury, fatality, or taken up in another attack again as the 5-day warning mass industrial action against his unpopular government continues into the third day, Nigeria Union of Railway Workers will not hesitate to mobilise its members to withdraw trains services and shutdown the entire Nigerian Railway system in response to his repulsive and tactless approach to the rights and welfare of Kaduna State workers.
“In effect, the governors forum leadership and all good and well-meaning Nigerians are hereby implored to pull Nasir El-Rufai back to his senses before he relapses further into self-destructive level of lunacy with consequences to be felt nationwide!
“NUR reaffirm its unreserved solidarity and support to the informed and superior leadership of the Congress as it presses on in its lawful and legitimate duty of compelling Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to reverse all his anti-people and neoliberal policies that have made life and living so difficult for the working people of Kaduna State and their families.”