The Buhari dictatorship, through the Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, has resorted to the use of threats against striking doctors whom the regime deceived in April this year during their first industrial action in 2021.
During the doctor’s industrial action in April, the Nigerian Government led by dictator Buhari signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] with the doctors at the time, promising to resolve all issues, including non-payment of allowances, salaries, and other issues the regime was yet to resolve.
However, four months after signing the Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] with the doctors, the Buhari-led dictatorship refrained from honouring the terms agreed in the MoU, forcing the doctors to embark on another strike to press home their demands.
Rather than apologising to the doctors over the April deception, the Minister of Labour, whilst featuring on Channels Television on Friday, August 6, resorted to the use of threats against the striking doctors, calling the strike “nonsense.” In a bid to intimidate the doctors, he claimed he will invoke the dictatorial principle of “no work, no pay” in a desperate attempt to get them to work without fulfilling the terms of the MoU signed with them.
The Labour Minister claimed that if the doctors do not return to work by next week, he’ll escalate the issue by invoking sanctions against them.
“By next week this matter will be escalated because reconciliation has failed. I am no longer interested in meeting them because I have several other things to attend to. I have tried to talk to them but it hasn’t worked out. Will I continue to waste my time with them?”
In the usual dictatorial fashion for which the Buhari government is now known, the Labour Minister said that he’ll seek to invoke Labour Laws against them, including non-payment of their salaries whilst they are on strike. He also claimed that the period of their strike will not be pensionable in their career.
When asked if the regime can cope without the services of the doctors, especially with the rising cases of COVID-19, cholera and diarrhea in Nigeria, the minister blamed state governors whom he claimed people are not talking about but rather focusing on the Federal Government.
Dictator Buhari is presently in London enjoying the best of European healthcare whilst Nigerian healthcare rots away under his watch despite making several fraudulent campaign pledges claiming he would fix it.