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Sultan urges NLC to suspend planned strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has planned to embark on a nationwide strike on October 3 in protest over the current hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy.

President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar has appealed to the organised labour to shelve its planned nationwide strike.

The Sultan who made the call in Abuja during a public Jummaat Lecture organised as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 63th Independence Anniversary said the planned indefinite strike will only worsen the situation of the already impoverished masses.

Alhaji Saad Abubakar emphasised the need for Nigerians to give the President Bola Tinubu-led administration a chance to prove what it has for the country.

Professor of Islamic Studies from the University of Abuja, Lukman Zakariya who presented a lecture titled the Renewed Hope in the Face of Socio-economic Challenge in Nigeria: Islamic Model asked Nigerians to develop a positive attitude toward the country.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr George Akume as well called on the organised labour to listen to the voices of reason, noting that the administration’s renewed hope agenda would be fulfilled.

President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu represented by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibril gave an assurance of the Tinubu-led administration to bring succour to the citizens.

The Chairman National Mosque Management Board and, Etsu Nupe Dr Yahaya Abubakar led a prayer for Allah’s continuous guidance and the unity of the nation.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shuaibu; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Julian Osamoto