The warning strike of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) in Kaduna State has been turned into a ‘civil war’ as Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Tuesday declared NLC President, Ayùba Wabba and other members of the union wanted.
El-Rufai who the Labor people now call Hell Rufai also declared Wabba a fugitive and placed a ransom on him.
El-Rufai's action was reminiscence of when an Oyo State Military Administrator declared Lam Adesina, Journalist Femi Adeoti and others ''Prisoners of War' while civilians were protesting in Oyo State.
The governor’s pronouncement is coming day after Wabba joined other NLC members to kickoff protest against sack of workers by the state government with a call for their reinstatement.
A terse tweet by the Governor read, “Ayuba Wabba & others of @NLCHeadquarters declared wanted for economic sabotage & attacks on public infrastructure under Miscellaneous Offences Act. Anyone that knows where he is hiding should send a message to @MOJKaduna. KDSG. There will be a handsome reward!”
Mr. Wabba has been leading the protest in Kaduna against the Kaduna State Government’s plan to sack hundreds of its workers.
The state government says it needs to ‘rightsize’ its workforce as civil servants alone gulp over 90 per cent of the federal allocations to the state.
El-Rufai had sacked 30,000 workers in 2016 without paying them compensation as at May 2021.
Hours after the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, declared National President of the National Labour Congress (NLC) wanted, Ayuba Wabba dared the Governor saying, “let him come and arrest me.”
Wabba who spoke while leading thousands of workers in a live peaceful protest he said, “It is not about me. We are here and waiting for them,” he declared.
Some residents of Kaduna who Patmos Media Line correspondent spoke with summarily said “El-Rufai is our Governor who we know well, as stubborn, disrespectful, does not take opposing views and has no sympathy for human right.”
Another person, a Muslim woman simply broke into tears and lamented how politicians in the likeness of El-Rufai are making them to suffer in Kaduna.
Another elderly man said banks are closed; schools are shut; no light; no petrol to power Generators. The Octogenarian said, “if I have access to El-Rufai, I will just beg him not to kill us before our time.”