The National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, expressed the federal government’s regret over the brutalization of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero.
Ribadu condemned the incident, emphasizing its violation of the rule of law, freedom of association, and freedom of expression. The NSA disclosed that arrests have been made following directives to relevant agencies.
He urged the labor leadership to end the ongoing strike and allow the dialogue process to be completed.
A statement from Mr. Zakari Mijinyawa, Head of Strategic Communication at the Office of the National Security Adviser, conveyed these sentiments on Wednesday.
The statement read: “The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) is concerned by the declaration of a nationwide strike by the leadership of the Organised Labour led by the NLC and TUC.
“The NSA is particularly worried about the implications of the strike action on the livelihood of ordinary Nigerians and its potential impact on economic security and other strategic national interests.
“As attested by the NLC leadership, the NSA immediately intervened on learning about the travails of the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joseph Ajero who was assaulted in Owerri, Imo State.
“The NSA regrets the incident and condemns it in its entirety as it was against the rule of law and the principles of freedom of association and expression subscribed to by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his administration.
“The Federal Government will never condone such an act. As a fallout of the incident relevant authorities were directed to conduct thorough investigation into the circumstances sorrounding the assault and bring to book the culprits.
“Available update indicates that some arrests have already been made in this regard. The outcome of the investigation will be made public as soon as it is concluded.
“The Federal Government, through the Office of the NSA, therefore appeals to the labour leadership to call off the current strike action and allow the dialogue process underway to be exhausted.”