Flogging: Apologise Now or Face Mass Action, NLC Tells Governor Wamakko
The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, to apologize for the violation of the human rights of a worker of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) whom he had flogged to a coma, or face a solidarity action by all of the state’s workers.
In a press statement signed today by its President, Abdulwahed Omar, the NLC recalled that the National Union of Electricity Employees had asked the Governor to apologise but that Governor Wamakko had arrogantly ignored the demand, resulting in the total black out being experienced in the State for about a week now.
“This is absolutely unacceptable in any decent society, and an uncivilized, undemocratic behavior least expected of anyone elected to serve the interests of the entire citizens of the state,” the NLC said, stressing that the governor’s action is not only a violation of the fundamental human rights of the PHCN worker but also exposes the limit of the governor’s exposure to democratic ideals.
“By any standards, what the governor did was not just barbaric, irresponsible but coming from a man of his political standing it also sends a disturbing signal to ordinary citizens who may decide to follow the governor’s example by opting for jungle justice rather than follow legal and constitutional procedures. A governor should behave differently from a tout. A street fighter is not fit enough for any public office in any decent country,” the statement said.
The Congress stressed that Governor Wamakko must apologise publicly and do that quickly, or, in the spirit of its collective slogan of “An Injury to One Is an Injury to All,” or it will unleash series of actions to protect the integrity of not just workers in Sokoto State, but that of the generality of Nigerian workers.
“Congress is therefore putting every worker in both the public and private sectors in Sokoto State on notice by directing all unions to commence mobilization towards a solidarity action by the entire workers of the state against this barbaric act by the governor, if he does not accede to the demand of the union to apologise,” the statement said.
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