- Kaduna state has been trending for the past 48 hours due to the impasse between Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) following the ongoing five-day warning strike
- The Kaduna state strike was borne out of the fact that the Kaduna State Government mass sacked many workers as well as reports of casualisation of low grade workers
- Some political watchers and analysts are of the opinion that the Governor who called himself ‘The Accidental Public Servant’ in his book title, could have shot himself in the foot and his future political ambition due to the recent sacking of all nurses below Grade 14, coupled with previous sackings of workers
Nigerians have continued to weigh in the showdown between Labour and El-Rufai, as more people have called on the Kaduna state governor to have a rethink about the mass sack of workers in Kaduna.
The economic activities in the Northwest state have been shut down as almost all sectors of the economy are on lockdown.
On Tuesday, May 18, a video surfaced online and tweeted by NTA, whereby Governor El-Rufai asked the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba to submit himself at the nearest police station, following the disruption of economic activities in Kaduna state.
Going into politics, there are different information coming as per the political future of El-Rufai as well as his rumoured 2023 presidential ambition, which seems is becoming a mirage following the ongoing five-day warning industrial action in Kaduna state.
In addition, some Nigerians have dug out past Tweets by the Kaduna state governor, where he lambasted the administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, when the former Bayelsa state governor presided over the affairs of Nigeria. The tweet screenshots are seen below:
More so, NUPENG, which stands for Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, issued a Statement, following attacks on protesting workers in Kaduna state by hoodlums yesterday.
NUPENG stated that Governor El-Rufai is dictatorial and despotic in his style of governing the Northwest state.
On the part of Governor Nasir El-Rufai while being asked questions by journalists, he emphatically made it known that he will not change his decision regarding the sacking of workers.
The Governor of Kaduna state had often made it known that he is focused on infrastructural development and nothing will bulge him from achieving his goal of transforming Kaduna state.
Based on the current realities and news reports, the media are awashed with strong criticisms against El-Rufai as many opinion poll results are against his future political quest to becoming Nigeria’s number one citizen if he indeed wants to aspire to that position.
As events unfold, time will tell if the ongoing labour strike will jeopardise the political career and future of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state or not.