The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) through its leadership has revealed that Nigeria’s democracy after 18 years of civilian government, while leaving out the ordinary Nigerian, left no stone unturned in serving the political class.
It continued by stating that democratically elected leaders had turned around using their political positions for personal wealth aggrandizement thereby turning those who voted them into these positions as paupers in their own land.
In his Democracy Day message, Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, said the political class have skewed everything in the country in their own favour to the exclusion of the workers, while they frequently dip fingers into the public till. This, according to him, made a mockery of democracy.
Wabba said a democracy that does not allocate resources in such a manner that ensures equity, justice and sustained national development or cohesion is beggarly.
“We reason that Nigerian workers are frequently turned into canon fodder by the Nigerian political elite in their high stakes political games and mindless scramble for the commonwealth,” he said.
He also expressed worry that despite escalating costs of living, devaluation of the naira and general hardship in the land, the Nigerian worker is still forced to survive on N18,000 as minimum wage as state governments owe backlog of salaries and pensions.
While pensioners in not a few states wallow in misery and unimaginable suffering, Wabba said, 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.
“How well has this democracy uplifted the spaces where we live and work? Without prejudice to the effort of this government, our infrastructure is still in tatters. Our roads are impassable and public electricity supply remains epileptic,” he said.
He added that the spate of killings, general wave of violence and insecurity across the country further traumatise the hapless citizenry.
Speaking on the fight against corruption, the NLC President said in spite of the great effort by the Buhari administration to fight corruption, corruption keeps fighting back more viciously.