A non-governmental organisation, Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability Project (SERAP) is threatening to take legal action against Nigeria’s northwestern Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai and the state government if authorities in the state don’t stop the intimidation of labour leaders.
The legal and advocacy organisation is also demanding the Kaduna state government withdraw an earlier published statement declaring Mr Ayuba Wabba (the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress) and other NLC leaders wanted.
Following the ongoing protest by workers in the northwestern state, and led by the NLC, Mr El-Rufai had insisted that the NLC President, Mr Wabba, is a fugitive, promising a “handsome reward” for anyone that provides information on his whereabouts.
“Declaring NLC leaders ‘wanted’ simply for peacefully exercising their human rights is antithetical to the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended] and the country’s international obligations.”
By Abel Ejikeme