The Federal Government has described the proposed solidarity protest of the Nigeria Labour Congress with the Academic Staff Union of Universities as an illegal move.
NLC had announced that it would kick off a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 to pressure the government to resolve the five-month-long strike by the ASUU and three other sister unions.
Premium Politics had reported that ASUU embarked on strike on February 14. Other associations such as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions and National Association of Academic Technologists later followed suit, shutting down their activities in public universities nationwide.
Addressing State House correspondents on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the planned street protest is illegal since the NLC has no pending dispute with the government.
Mohammed also accused the congress of being motivated by partisan interests, advising it to “insulate itself completely from politics.”