Shehu Sani slams those in support of oil subsidy removal, says they have the constitutional rights to “revere their chains”



Senator Shehu Sani has slammed members of the
Nigeria Labor Congress that opted out of the strike
action by NLC against the recent increase in petrol.
In a statement released today May 18th, Sani
cautioned against blackmailing labor members
who are against their position on the removal of oil
subsidy. Part of his statement reads;
“Increase in pump price of petroleum products
does nothing other than add to the suffering of
Nigerians but those in support of it have the
constitutional rights to revere their chains. Unjust
policies must not be beclouded by political
interests and political convenience. Campaign of
calumny and blackmail against the NLC and
Labour leaders simply for speaking out and
standing up for their traditional constituents must
stop. We joined and applauded the NLC for
leading a mass protest against increase in pump
prices of petroleum products in the past. It’s
hypocritical to condemn them now for their
principled stand on same issue. Our quests for
justice and equity must not depend upon the
Government or persons in power but must
depend upon the matters of principles at hand.
The cloud of intimidation and blackmail against
people for expressing their objections must end.
We are now in a state whereby dissent is equated
to disloyalty. We must learn to tolerate views and
positions different from our own no matter how
unpopular. If we must all agree on all issues at all
times, democracy couldn’t have been ‘invented’.
Democracy guarantees every citizen the
fundamental right to free speech and to objection
and this must be respected. It’s imperative for our
people to understand that the political class
define and view social justice in the colours of
their personal interest. Those who stood against
increase in price of petroleum products yesterday
and stood for it today have betrayed the very
principle which they claimed to represent. If for
political convenience we choose to divide or
destroy the Labour unions today, we will be
harming the very organ that stands as the
guardian of democracy.”

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