The NLC to Blame for Corruption?

Blamocracy backed up by ephemerally successful public relations is both the signature and dominant mode of governance by the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari. With the president off the scene on an “extended holiday” his Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, is carrying on the tradition of blamocracy unrelentingly. The President and the road sweeper miraculously became “We” in Osinbajo’s rhetoric, yes undifferentiated equals. The everyday Nigerian does not feel that “We” in any sense whatsoever. Nevertheless, at a meeting the day before yesterday with the executives of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) et al, of the many things he diligently lectured them about for hours, Osinbajo  very sneakily shifted blamed on them for being “silent” even “complicit” in the corruption viciously ravaging Nigeria. We are all responsible period. Continue reading

Oshiomhole: “Swiss Bank Account” Socialism and the Art of Betrayal

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When the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari announced an increase in fuel price, from N87 to N145 litre of petrol, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, did exactly what Comrade Adams Oshiomhole would have unfailingly done in the same position: call for a “people’s strike / protest” as means of curtailing “excessive profiteering” favoured by capitalists and free marketeers in the country and make life fairer for the common man. Interestingly, Oshiomhole as NLC president had vehemently and publicly rejected the notions of (a) striking workers shall not be paid work-related incomes and (b) courts do not have a right to enforce judgments that can criminalise a strike / protest action. Continue reading

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