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Breaking: El-Rufai sacks nurses, lecturers over NLC strike; calls them ‘bandits’

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has sacked all nurses in the state below Grade Level 14 and lecturers of the Kaduna State University (KASU) for joining the ongoing warning strike.

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) announced the warning strike or five days to push the state government to reverse its decision to sack thousands of workers.

El-Rufai also likened the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leaders who coordinated the ongoing strike and shutdown of the state to bandits.

Kaduna is one of the northern states most affected by banditry, who kill, rape and kidnap residents, including students from their schools.

Earlier, the governor had declared the National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba and other labour leaders wanted for “economic sabotage” following the strike.

He has also accused protesters of destroying public properties and vowed to prosecute them.

In a tweet via @GovKaduna on Tuesday, he said, “Bandits illegally use arms, but the NLC’s mob action is for similar ends: to hold hostage freedoms, economic interests, livelihoods and resources of the people of Kaduna State. 

“Efforts to dress up criminal activity as industrial action do not change the reality of lawbreaking that has unfolded, including their persistently ignoring the prohibition against impeding essential services.”

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