The Northern branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday told organized labour to abort the planned strike in the interest of the poor masses.
Public Relations Officer of the Northern CAN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab who spoke Journalists in Kaduna told the federal government and the organized labour to sheathe their sword and save Nigerians from further hardship.
“We understand the challenge of the time, though we may frown at the process in which the deregulation was carried out, but it is not enough reason for us to repeal the deregulation now, we must stop the attitudes of going forward and backward.
“Our plea to the masses, labour and the federal government is to stop the strike action, because it will not remedy the pains Nigerians are going through,” he said.
CAN also appealed to the federal government to address whatever problems that led to the fuel hike with human face and with all responsibility and humility.
“Labour and government must go to the round table and discuss on what to do to improve the living conditions of the people they are representing.
“Strike will only affect our economy negatively and it will not even do good to the people we want to protect, but it would only worsen their condition,” the group argued.
Speaking on the deregulation, CAN said “for once, let us close our eyes and give this deregulation a trial, and let’s make sacrifices that will better out tomorrow and secure our future.”
Northern CAN further appealed to the federal government to come up with palliative measures to cushion the effect of the fuel price increase.