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Nigeria Labour Congress Defies DSS, Vows to Proceed with Nationwide Protest

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has stood firm in its resolve to carry out a nationwide protest despite a security advisory issued by the Department of State Services (DSS). The DSS had urged the union to reconsider its plans, citing concerns over potential unrest.


The NLC commenced mobilization for the protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, aiming to address the prevailing cost of living crisis in the country. However, the DSS, through its spokesperson Peter Afunanya, issued a statement on Wednesday advising the NLC to abandon the protest for the sake of peace and public order.


Highlighting potential risks, the DSS cautioned that the planned demonstration could escalate tensions and incite violence. The agency urged the NLC to opt for dialogue and negotiation with the government instead.


In response, Joe Ajaero, the President of the NLC, reaffirmed the union’s commitment to the protest, emphasizing the hardships endured by Nigerians due to certain government policies. Ajaero assured that the protest would be conducted peacefully and called on the DSS to identify and apprehend any individuals or groups seeking to exploit the situation.


“Our protest is a peaceful one against the unpardonable cost of living, affecting both the general populace and even members of the security service,” stated Ajaero. “We cannot remain passive while our fellow citizens suffer. History will not look kindly upon indifference.”


With tensions mounting between the NLC and the DSS, the nation braces for potential unrest as the scheduled protest approaches. The standoff underscores the deep-seated socio-economic challenges facing Nigeria and the divergent approaches advocated by stakeholders in addressing them.



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