A former Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and General Secretary, National Union of Garment and Textile Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), Comrade Issa Aremu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sit up by translating his policies into actions.
Aremu, however, flayed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for allegedly distracting President Buhari with allegations of non-performance.
He was apparently referring to the recent attack on Buhari by Obasanjo over the president’s refusal to sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement.
He said the Labour movement would no longer watch serving and former leaders engage in war of words about which leader was successful or not.
Aremu, speaking with newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, also said Obasanjo lacked the moral standing to lampoon Buhari.
He said: “Nigeria grappled with electricity failure under his (Obasanjo) administration between 1999 and 2007, just as it was under regimes before him. There cannot be industrialisation without electricity. Under Obasanjo, railway did not work despite grandstanding with endless plans to revive railway. So, no easy self-praise on the part of any Nigerian contemporary leaders.”
Aremu, however, hailed the current administration for its achievements in areas of security and anti-corruption as well as consolidating on the railway project of the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
He, however, enjoined government to urgently address the issue of new National Minimum Wage before the end of this first quarter, arguing that without effective demand by well-paid workforce, economic recovery would be a mirage for Nigeria.