Nigerian Leaders Should Emulate Late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela – NLC

NLC President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar
NLC President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged leaders in Third World countries, especially Nigerian leaders, to emulate the late Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, who, the NLC said, exploited the resources of his country to promote the interest of the people.

The NLC president, Mr. Abdulwaheed Omar, urged leaders in the country to defend the interest of the people rather than big business and Western interests. In a statement on Wednesday, Omar said Chavez would be missed by millions of Venezuelans who benefited from his populists programmes.

According to Omar, “That he will be missed by his people and other working families is an obvious statement. This remarkable working class leader, is a hero of the people, and needs emulation by all Third World leaders, particularly in Nigeria – leaders that will stand up for the interest of the poor and not big business and western interests.”

Omar also added that the late Venezuelan leader would be remembered for his economic policies which put the poor at the centre such as free health services, subsidised food and free shelter. He also noted that Chavez nationalised the oil economy and ensured that oil prices were kept low for the poor and made serious contributions to the economies of countries in Latin America through oil subsidies and discounts which angered the United States.

During his tenure, state-owned refineries were supplying fuel at drastically reduced price not only to his people but also to other countries in the subregion: “Hugo Chavez was a remarkable leader who held his own against the overbearing influence of developed nations and sought to demonstrate that there are viable development models to that of the West…He nationalized the commanding heights of the economy, kept oil prices low for the poor, propped up the economies of many a Latin American country via sustainable oil price discounts and subsidies for which he earned the wrath of the United States, understandably.”

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