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President Muhammadu Buhari

ABUJA – The reported plan by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on a nationwide protest over President Muhammadu Buhari’s “inaction over the high-level of corruption un­covered at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Nigeria So­cial Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), and the Economic and Financial Crimes Com­mission (EFCC)”, has been described as ill-advised and totally uncalled for.

Reacting on behalf of the presidency, Senior Spe­cial Assistant to the Presi­dent on Media and Public­ity, Garba Shehu, said on Monday that considering that there were ongoing in­vestigations into the cases by both the executive and legislative arms of govern­ment, the TUC should not stampede Buhari on the matter.

According to Shehu, these processes must be allowed to run their full courses.

He also argued that it was against the norm in a democratic society as well as the natural laws of jus­tice to seek “action”, mean­ing punishment, against offenders before proper in­vestigation, trial and con­viction.

He said the president had made it clear that the allegations that had sur­faced clearly “constitute a breach of trust” and as the investigations take hold and close out, all those found wanting would face the wrath of the law.

“The TUC, as an en­lightened group of labour unionists, should indeed voice their indignation whenever such acts are be­ing unearthed.

“However, the expecta­tion will be for it to also raise the bar higher, in terms of the debate con­cerning the impact of such allegations on our ability to create and retain employ­ment, attract investment, improve the living condi­tions of its members and citizens, and how a pre­ponderance of these hei­nous crimes decimates any gains being made in other spheres.

“The world is confronted with a global public health crisis, decline in economic growth, and expanding ar­eas of conflict by non-state actors.

“All these ills in their singular or combined form are consuming every nation. Nigeria is no excep­tion; we must hold the line and lock arms, that way we rid ourselves of these ex­istential issues whilst we grapple with those that are our own home-grown problems.

“This administration is committed to doing just that, and organisations like the TUC should be extend­ing a hand in supporting such a fight that is in our collective interest,” he stat­ed.

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