Renowned human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has emphasized that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliates have the lawful right to proceed with the scheduled strike and protest on August 2.
In a letter titled “Re- NLC in Contempt of Court” and addressed to the Permanent Secretary/Solicitor-General of the Federal Ministry of Justice on July 28, Falana, representing the Falana Falana Chambers, strongly defended the legitimacy of the NLC’s planned actions.
According to Falana, the decision of Nigerian workers to engage in peaceful rallies is driven by the sincere desire to represent the interests of the masses and to protest the escalating economic crisis in the country.
He responded to an accusation reportedly made against the NLC’s leaders, stating that they were treating the order of the National Industrial Court with contempt.
Falana refuted this claim, asserting that the NLC has no intention of disobeying the exparte order of the National Industrial Court.
The order, issued on June 5 by the National Industrial Court in Abuja, restrained the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from proceeding with their planned strike to protest the unilateral removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.
Despite the court order, Femi Falana maintains that the NLC’s planned protest and strike are within their rights and are not in contempt of court.
The NLC and its affiliates can proceed with their activities as scheduled on August 2, seeking to address the concerns of Nigerian workers and the general public regarding the prevailing economic challenges.