The Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC), has recorded an early victory Thursday after its members successfully broke through a Police cordon in Kaduna to begin a protest against the mass sack of teachers.
By afternoon, thousands of protesters broke through Police blockade and marched along Independence Way along Muhammad Buhari way towards Government House. The protesters continued to shout “bama yi, bama so, bama so, el-Rufa’i Barawo ne” as they marched to the Government House to deliver a letter to the Governor.
They held banners and placards with different inscriptions, while three Police vans later joined to give security cover along Ali Akilu Road by NNN round about.
Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i warned he would sanction teachers who join the protest, one of the biggest the State has seen in recent years. Police said they deployed 8,000 officers to stop the demonstration called in defiance of the State Government’s repeated threat. Soldiers and armoured vehicles were also deployed to stop the march.
But the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the Union would not be intimidated and the protest would continue.
“Anybody who think we cannot come out for the protest has malaria, and that malaria must be treated today,” Mr. Wabba, said while addressing members inside the Labour House.