MURIC Send Strong Warning To NLC And TUC Over Plan To Resume Strike On Eve Of Salah

MURIC Send Strong Warning To NLC And TUC Over Plan To Resume Strike On Eve Of Salah—-The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has told the organized labour not to think of resuming its strike, which it relaxed on Tuesday.


The Islamic rights organisation said this in a statement by its Executive Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, on Wednesday.


Akintola said: “The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) suspended its strike yesterday for one week only. The union vowed to review the situation in a week’s time.


“A quick calculation shows that NLC’s one week moratorium falls due on Tuesday, 11th June, 2024. That is approximately on the eve of this year’s Id al-kabiir (Salah).

“It has been widely reported that Arafat day is Saturday, 15th June while Salah per se is 16th. Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th June are likely to be declared holidays by the Federal Government.

“It will be meaningless to declare holidays during a general strike.

“Of course the final decision concerning the exact date of Salah rests with Nigeria’s umbrella Islamic organization under the able leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).

“Muslims take Salah very serious and by tradition, the whole week before Salah day proper is usually set aside for preparations by Muslim families.

“Kicking off another strike on the eve of Salah will definitely be seen as an act of hostility towards Muslims. It is probably not in the best interest of NLC to incur the wrath of Nigerian Muslims while claiming to embark on industrial action to advance the people’s welfare.


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