A coalition of pressure groups under the aegis of Northern Youths Forum on Wednesday faulted the six weeks old strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions describing it as “politically motivated.”
The organisation alleged that the JOHESU strike was “induced by looters, fraudsters and economic saboteurs who have issues with President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration. It added that the strike was meant to scuttle the 2019 general elections.
The NYF said while it shared in the general belief that workers’ welfare, including conditions of service, salaries, and other emoluments should be the utmost of their employers, “we are bound to dissociate ourselves from the premeditated and politically sponsored strike by JOHESU which was wickedly designed to punish poor and innocent Nigerians, all in a bid to score undue political points.”
The organisation also described as embarrassing, “the ignorance displayed by JOHESU, saying they have appealed the court order.”
The NYF said, “It is absolutely illegal and unheard of, to file an appeal challenging an ex-parte order; ex-parte order can only be vacated. We use this medium to call on the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), to charge the leadership of JOHESU extraction for contempt of court.
“In the same vein, we admonish the management of all the medical facilities to lay off all erring members who have refused to report for duty as mandated by the Industrial court, this lawlessness must stop now.”
Speaking at a press conference in Jos, National Coordinator of NYF, Hajiya Maimuna Abdullahi, and Secretary, Saeed Siraj, advised the Federal Government and state governors to “take decisive action against self – seeking unions like JOHESU.”
The NYF said, “Let it be clearly stated that we cannot be taken for granted and that sovereignty belongs to us and that an association of less than 0.05 per cent of our population cannot continue to draw us backward as a nation.