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Naira Scarcity: Stop attacking Bank Workers, TUC Appeals With Angry Protesters



The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, (TUC) has appealed to those attacking banks and its workers to stop, saying bank staff are also victims of the ill-timed policy. CONTINUE READING

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the TUC president, Comrade Festus Osifo and General Secretary, Nuhu Toro on Monday.

“It is harrowing for millions of our fellow countrymen and women to stand in long queues for hours at banks and Automated Teller Machines, ATMs in their effort to retrieve their legitimate funds from the banks.

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“Our hearts go out to ordinary Nigerians and their families who are forced to undergo hardship including inability to buy food, basic medicines or pay for transportation because their monies are hanging in the banking system.

“Some of these protests are wrongly directed at bank workers and other staff of financial institutions. The TUC states publicly before our fellow compatriots that bank and financial institution employees had no input whatsoever in the naira redesign policy nor were they consulted.

The TUC therefore warned Buhari administration that it has no right to use maximum force on Nigerians peacefully demonstrating against the failure of government to produce depositors’ money on demand.

“The use of live bullets against defenseless Nigerians as the first line of response is criminal. The Presidency, members of this government including the chiefs of police and other security services must know that the TUC can compile evidence of such atrocities and seek to bring them to justice if not in Nigeria, then outside the country.

“They must also realize that crime has no statutory limitation, so they can be made to account for their deeds as individuals even after leaving office.

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“Congress does not in any way encourage miscreants, and those destroying public/ private infrastructures, looting the valuables of innocent Nigerians and shops under the guise of protest, if caught and investigated, they should be made to face the law”, said Osifo.

The TUC appealed to the Nigerian masses not to be provoked, and where they choose to publicly demonstrate their feelings, which is their human right, to do so peacefully.

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