The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has described the anti-corruption laws in the country as too weak to stop potential treasury looters. The union is therefore advocating the death penalty for those found guilty.
The NLC demostrated its support for the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s battle, yesterday, with rallies and picketing of Government Houses in state capitals.
In Abuja, NLC President Ayuba Waba led the protest. The team marched on the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) and the National Assembly premises.
Presenting a letter to the SGF, Mr. David Bachir Lawal, Waba said: “Gone is the day when people that are corrupt will get perpetual injunctions restraining EFCC from prosecuting them. If we have such cases, Nigerian workers are ready to go to their residences and bring them to court and also interrogate the judge.
“Our judiciary must sit up. Gone are the days when perpetual injunctions are issued,,restraining agencies of government from prosecuting corrupt public officers. We must be on the same page and therefore, Nigerian workers are ready to invade the courts and the sanctity of such judges.
“We are also demanding that the penalty of corrupt public officers should be made very strict, including capital punishment. If has worked elsewhere and there is no reason why it should not work here. Therefore, all of us are here to try to present our position.”
Reacting, Lawal commended labour for standing beside the Buhari administration in its quest to make corruption a thing of the past. He assured them that the government will not fail Nigerians in the fight against corruption.
According to him, the government considers labour as partners in the development of the country and not enemies. He pointed out that with the workers supporting the government’s fight against corruption, the fight is almost won.
He said if the country must move forward, corruption must be made unattractive, while those who engage in corrupt practices should not be given any place to hide.