The self-acclaimed leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has called on all labour unions in Nigeria to join his group in election boycott campaign in protest over the new minimum wage.
Concise News reports that members of the tripartite committee set up to come up with a new national minimum wage for workers in Nigeria have been holding a series of meetings in a bid to come to a resolution.
While the labour unions have maintained that workers take home must not be lesser than N30,000, governors, on the other hand, have said the can only pay N22,500.
Apparently displeased with the development, the pro-Biafra activist, who came out of hiding in October after the military invasion of his community in Abia State, southeast Nigeria, last year, advised Nigerian workers to boycott the 2019 general election to press home their demand which he said they will get if they adhere to his advice.
His words: “Nigerian workers are on a minimum wage of N18,000 per month which is roughly $48 equivalent,” the IPOB leader said in a radio broadcast on Sunday.
“Recently they have been begging the government to increase it to N30, 000 about $85 per month.
“So, far the government have refused. This demand can be met with minimal fuss before presidential elections of next year if the workers remain resolute and determined not to vote.
“We call on all labour unions in Nigeria to join IPOB in election boycott campaign,” the pro-Biafra activist said.
Meanwhile, members of the tripartite committee set up to come up with a new national minimum wage for the nation are currently meeting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.