Angry workers disrupt May Day rally in Abuja, as police battle to restore order

Angry workers disrupt May Day rally in Abuja, as police battle to restore order

Workers have disrupted the May Day rally held at the Eagles Square in Abuja.

The rally organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress ended in confusion with police dispersing the rampaging workers.

As a result, the usual march past by workers failed to hold, as more security personnel were deployed to the rally ground to protect important dignitaries, including the labour and employment minister, Senator Chris Ngige, invited to the event.

Other dignitaries, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and former governor Adams Oshiomhole were whisked away by security operatives from the rally amidst the confusing atmosphere.

The trouble started when the minister was invited to address the rally on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Scores of angry workers did not allow the minister to address the rally, insisting on either Buhari or Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

An attempt by Ngige to address them on their demand was rebuffed by the workers, who started chanting “ole, ole ole, ole ole” or “thief, thief, thief, thief.”

Earlier, the NLC President Ayuba Wabba painted a gloomy picture of the Nigerian worker.

In his address titled: “Labour Relations in Economic Recession: An appraisal,” he accused the federal government of reneging on its promises for palliatives after the fuel subsidy removal.







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