TUC planned protest against EFCC, NDDC, NSITF ill-advised, uncalled for – Presidency



The has frowned at the plan by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on a nationwide protest over the alleged President Buhari’s “inaction over the high-level of corruption uncovered at some Federal Government’s commissions.

Both the Executive and Legislative arms are currently investigating alleged cases of misconduct at the Niger Delta Development Agency (NDDC), the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Monday, however, described the planned protests against the affected commissions by TUC as ill advised and totally uncalled for.

is so, according to the presidential aide, in view of the fact that there are ongoing investigations in the cases by both the Executive and Legislative arms of government.

He said that these processes be allowed to run their full courses.

is against the norm in a democratic society as well as the natural laws of justice to seek “action,” meaning against offenders before proper investigation, trial and conviction.

”The President has made that the allegations that have surfaced clearly “constitute a breach of trust” and as the investigations take hold and close out, all those found wanting will face the wrath of the law.

”The TUC, as an enlightened group of labour unionists, should indeed voice their indignation whenever such acts are being unearthed.

”However, the expectation will be for to also raise the bar higher, in terms of the debate concerning the of such allegations on our ability, to create and retain employment, attract investment, improve the living conditions of its members and citizens, and how a preponderance of these heinous crimes decimates any gains being made in other spheres.

”The world is confronted with a global public health crisis, decline in economic growth, and expanding areas of conflict by non-state ,” he said.

According to him, all these ills in their singular or combined form are consuming every nation, and Nigeria is no exception.

He, therefore, maintained that, ”we hold the line and lock arms that way we rid ourselves of these existential whilst we grapple with those that are our own homegrown problems.

administration is committed to doing just that, and like the TUC should be extending a hand in supporting such a that is in our collective interest,”  he said. (NAN)