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3rd June, 2024

PRESS RELEASE:

NLC STRIKE: MURIC CALLS FOR STATE OF EMERGENCY AS

THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS ENDANGERED

 

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has raised an alarm concerning the threat posed by the strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to the lives of thousands of Nigerian pilgrims and the airlifting operation of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON).

 

In an S.O.S issued on Monday afternoon 3rd June, 2024, Professor Ishaq Akintola, head of MURIC, said a plane sent to airlift pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia was turned back by striking aviation workers in Nigeria. The aircraft was forced to return to Jedda airport empty. 

 

“Meanwhile, thousands of Nigerian pilgrims are now in danger while the airlift operation has already been halted. Thousands of Muslim pilgrims who have left their homes for the airports are now stranded.

 

“Nigerian Muslims are now asking NLC why it had to declare a national strike at a time more than 60,000 Nigerians are being airlifted. The families of these intending pilgrims are now in a high state of fear and anxiety.

 

“Apart from the confusion and hardship which the ongoing NLC strike constitutes to preparations being made by Muslim faithfuls for the Id al-Kabiir festival, the lives of Muslim pilgrims are now under palpable threat. Is this not sabotage? Is this not intentional? Can a national union of NLC calliber say it is unaware of Muslim preparations for hajj and Salah?

 

“We charge NLC to call off its strike with immediate effect. We are not ready to gamble with the lives of thousands of Nigerian Muslims who are already in the pilgrim camps. This strike hits the most sensitive nerves in the anatomy of Nigerian Muslims. Call off the strike immediately or face the wrath of Nigerian Muslims nationwide.

 

This is an emergency and it has to be handled with speed. The lives of more than 60,000 Muslim pilgrims are in danger and the Federal government must move to save them.

 

“In case NLC fails to heed our appeal by 8 am tomorrow Tuesday, 4th June, 2024,  we call on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to declare a state of emergency. It is already clear that recalcitrance is in the DNA of the present NLC leadership. Bureacratic norms of a democracy cannot cure the gangarene called NLC. Gangarenes are burned out with hot iron. They are not cured.

 

NLC leaders have detached themselves from the rest of Nigerians. Their demands are irrational and superfluous. Nigerians no longer trust it’s leadership. Only a state of emergency can rescue the country from the vice grip of NLC.

 

 

#NlcStrike

#SaveNigerianPilgrims

#StateOfEmergencyNow

 

Professor Ishaq Akintola,

Founder/Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).

 

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