In a startling revelation, Comrade Joe Ajaero, the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), disclosed that a former Inspector General of Police (IGP) was taken aback upon discovering the presence of individuals he had prosecuted for criminal activities now serving as lawmakers in the Senate. Ajaero made these claims in a recent interview with Vanguard, shedding light on the alleged prevalence of scammers and fraudsters occupying political offices, including governorships.
According to Ajaero, “419 people, scammers are now governors who refuse to pay workers their legitimate wages.” Expressing the need for the labour congress to engage in politics, he questioned whether politics should be exclusively entrusted to individuals with criminal affiliations.
“A former IGP went to the Senate and was shocked at the number of fraudsters he prosecuted sitting in the hallowed chambers as senators,” Ajaero stated during the interview.
Defending the involvement of the labour congress in politics, Ajaero emphasized the global practice of labor parties engaging in political affairs. He argued, “Labour is politics, politics is Labour,” and raised concerns about leaving politics solely to those with dubious backgrounds.
The NLC President pointed out that retired soldiers, including two retired generals who served as presidents, are active in politics, challenging critics to compare their consciousness with his.
Ajaero, who recently faced assault during a protest in Imo State, justified the labor union’s role in politics, asserting that their actions were driven by a sense of consciousness. The strike following the assault was later called off after the intervention of the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu.