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May Day: Buhari’s Representative Booed By Workers
Representative of President Muhammadu Buhari at Monday’s workers’ day celebration at the Eagle Square in Abuja, angrily stormed out of the venue after he was booed by protesting workers.
The Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, was booed off the stage by the workers who were protesting poor remuneration by the federal government.
Also, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and one-time President of the Nigeria Labour Congress and immediate past Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole were among the dignitaries that left the event abruptly.
It was gathered that the protest began when the Minister asked the permanent secretary in the ministry of labour, Biola Bawa, to deliver his speech, since he will be delivering the President’s speech later.
But the workers would not to listen to the permanent secretary and after all efforts to address the audience proved abortive, Bawa left the podium.
Ngige subsequently came forward to address the workers but they kept booing him.
Not even Oshiomhole, the comrade governor, as he was popularly known, could pacify the workers who were protesting poor minimum wage.
When it was obvious that the protesters would not back down, security operatives whisked the government officials out of the Eagle Square to their vehicles and they left.
The workers however continued with the programme after the dignitaries had departed.
The NLC had demanded that the federal government raise the national minimum wage from the current N18,000 to N56,000.
There were hopes that an improved minimum wage would have been agreed between the government and organized labour and announced during this year’s workers’ day celebration.
“The government cannot continue to hide under the cover of economic recession and leave the issues of workers welfare unattended to,” NLC National President, Ayuba Wabba, had said in December 2016.