Buhari begs NLC to shelve nationwide strike

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to shelve its nationwide strike slated to commence on Tuesday.

The president made the appeal at the presidential villa on Monday while receiving members of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria.

In a statement by Femi Adesina, special adviser on media and publicity to the president, Buhari said the labour union should consider his efforts in putting the economy right with the fewer resources his government inherited.

Labour unions are set to commence indefinite strike on Tuesday if meeting with the federal government fails to meet their demands.

However, Buhari lamented the huge infrastructural deficit in the country, which his government is struggling to improve on.

The president added that Nigerians believe that his government has achieved something on security, economy and fighting corruption, which were the fundamental issues of his campaign in 2015.

“President Buhari also appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress to consider what this government inherited and the more it is doing with fewer resources in putting the economy right,” the statement read.

”There is no part of the country I haven’t been to, having attempted to be President four times. I know the condition of our roads. The rails were literally killed, there was no power despite the admittance of some previous leadership that they spent $16bn on the sector.

”Today, we are getting our priorities right and we believe that of the three fundamental issues we campaigned on – security, the economy and fighting corruption, we have remained very relevant and Nigerians believe we have achieved something.

“I will do my best to see that where there are possibilities of making a quick improvement on infrastructure, we will do it.”