The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged the Organised Labour in Nigeria to call of  nationwide strike, which it began on Monday.

He said that instead of giving up on talks with the government, they should continue to work toward the nation’s best interests.

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Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar made the request in a statement released by his media team, a copy of which was given to journalists.

He said that the Labour leaders ought to shelve the planned industrial action in order to protect the interests of the same Nigerians they were fighting for, and take into account the overwhelming effects of the strike action.

The leading monarch asserts that organised labour should never give up on bargaining with the government and implores them to spare the country from yet another round of misery.

Should they carry out their plan to go on strike, the Sultan contended, that is precisely what will happen.

He said, “They should try to listen to the government while the government should listen to them and both parties arrive at a conclusion that will be beneficial to all Nigerians with the working class inclusive.”

“The Labour leaders ought to put the industrial action on hold in order to take into account the overwhelming impact of the strike action they want to take on the welfare of the same Nigerians whose interests they are fighting to defend.

“We appeal to Labour not to take the nation through another leg of hardship because that exactly is what will happen, if they make good their plan to go on this strike.
The Sultan appealed that they should try to listen to the government while the government should listen to them, and both parties should arrive at a conclusion that will benefit all Nigerians, including the working class.
Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar said he was aware of the fact that the Labour leaders were doing what is right making a case of better welfare for their class of fellow workers, having been personally involved in such negotiations between the Labour and government in the past, but quickly urged that they should do it in a way that would not plunge the nation into further hardship and difficult situation.
“You are doing what is right for your class of fellow workers but you should do it within the ambit of compassion and see strike always as the last option,” the Sultan said.