The police are currently repressing the mass protests by polytechnics and colleges of education lecturers and students including ERC in Abuja with tear gas and hot water cannon. The protest march had earlier stopped at Ministries of Education and Labour and on the way to the National Assembly when it was heavily repressed.
The police at the behest of the government attacked the democratic rights of the protesters in order to prevent them from getting to their (government) “citadel of democracy”.
Incidentally, two days from now President Jonathan and other anti-worker politicians clad in borrowed trade union attires will be at May Day taking salute from the workers whose rights they have suppressed.
In protest against this assault on democratic rights of workers and students the ERC calls on NLC and TUC to withdraw the May Day invitation they might have sent to the President and top government functionaries.
One of the highlights this May Day should be a protest and demand on government to implement agreements with ASUP and COEASU so that polytechnic and colleges of education can be reopened. Polytechnics and Colleges of Education have been shut down for 11 months and 3 months respectively as a result of the failure of the government to implement agreement with ASUP and COEASU.