Former president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ali Chiroma was prevented by armed security men from joining the protest led by the current president of the congress, Ayuba Wabba, in Kaduna.

Chiroma who is 84 and was president of the NLC between 1984 and 1988 had left his house on Camp Road in Ugwan Rimi, Kaduna to join the NLC leaders for the protest against the sack of teachers by the Kaduna state government, but had to turn back at the Lafia Road Junction on Independence Way as armed security men did not allow him pass.

Chiroma told Daily Trust that he had wanted to join the protest to encourage the NLC officials as he believed they were doing the right thing.

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He said: “I got there but the police had blocked the entrances so I could not find my way to join them and before I could locate them I got one of them on the line who told me that they had already dispersed.”

Expressing his support for the NLC, he said: “You know this thing is in the interest of the people, so you can’t retire from it as long as injustice and unfair treatment to people are meted out. You cannot say you are tired or retired. That is why I wanted to participate in the protest.”

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Ogbolu Oshogwe George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a reporter at Concise News.