The National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu has apologized to organized labor on Wednesday for the November 1 attack on President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.
Ajaero was violently beaten and held for hours after storming Owerri to lead a demonstration.
As a result, the labor movement issued an ultimatum to the government to meet certain objectives, including the arrest of those responsible for the Ajaero attack, threatening a statewide walkout if the demands were not met.
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The Federal Government had gone to court to stop the strike, but it began on Monday, paralyzing activities across the country.
In a statement signed by the Head of Strategic Communications in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Zakari U Mijinyawa, on Wednesday, Ribadu urged the movement to rescind its decisions on the ongoing strike , adding that attackers of Ajaero have been arrested and investigations had commenced.
Ribadu said the federal government regrets the incident that happened in Imo and condemns it in its entirety, noting that it was against the rule of law and the principles of freedom of association and expression subscribed to by President Tinubu and his administration.