- Shehu Sani faults Buhari’s support for the sack of 21,780 teachers by the Kaduna state government
- The senator says the state government has no constitutional rights to ban peaceful protest or intimidate or blackmail workers using the police
- Police deploy 8, 000 personnel across Kaduna metropolis ahead of the protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress
Senator Shehu Sani has advised Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna state to go after herdsmen and kidnappers terrorising the state instead of troubling workers.
The senator representing Kaduna central made the statement on Thursday, January 11, in reaction to President Buhari’s support for the sack of 21,780 teachers by the Kaduna state government, Premium Times reports.
Sani, who faulted the president’s stand over the issue, described as misinformed Buhari’s support for the mass sack.
He said “I wholeheartedly support the rights of Kaduna State teachers and workers to embark on strike and hold peaceful rallies and procession.
"The state government has no constitutional rights to ban peaceful protest or intimidate or blackmail workers using the police.
“Sponsored pro-government protest has been organised on many occasions by the state government and its agents. Why should workers be denied the rights to protest?”
“Mr El-rufai should order the police to go after Herdsmen and Kidnappers that had made Kaduna State their national headquarters and not after unionists, activists, journalists and perceived critics of his administration. Mr El-rufai, if you are really brave and courageous, go after herdsmen and kidnappers and not workers and teachers.”
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Meanwhile, the police have deployed 8, 000 personnel across Kaduna metropolis ahead of the protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the sack of 36,000 civil servants by Gov Nasir El-Rufa’i, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that heavily armed security personnel were stationed at the NLC headquarters along Independence Way and strategic areas of the metropolis while others were patrolling the town.
The police and other security personnel were also stationed along major streets in the city including Kaduna-Kachia road, Kaduna-Zaria highway and Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
Most streets were empty with minimal vehicular movement due to the high presence of security personnel within the town, with few commercial vehicles plying the roads.
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