Trade Union Congress (TUC) has expressed delight in the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to the country after 104 days of medical treatment in the United Kingdom.
The Congress also lauded Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for holding the reins of power effectively while the president was away.
In a statement issued on Sunday and signed by its president and secretary General, Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Musa-Lawal Ozigi, respectively, the workers’ union urged Nigerians to exercise patience with the government over their expectations from the Buhari administration.
Entitled: “You are welcome Mr. President,” the statement reads: “The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria heartily welcomes President Muhammed Buhari back to the country after over three months of medical vacation in London. We are truly grateful to Almighty God for granting the President healing and safe journey back home.
”For us, the president’s recovery and safe return attest to the fact that Almighty God has a purpose for his life and the country. Not many will survive such ailment. It will be recalled that the president himself told the world few months ago that he has never been this sick before. Inspite of all, he has continued to give it a fight and we wish him divine rejuvenation that would enable him steer the affairs of the nation in the right direction.
“This administration made a promise to return the glory of the country. Unfortunately it has been confronted with a number of challenges: the health challenge of the president, some unscrupulous characters in the ruling party and insecurity, corruption, etc.
“As a progressive organisation we wish to assure the President of our support and commitment towards ensuring his administration fulfills its promise to Nigerians.
:We however commend the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo , for leading the country effectively while the president was away. Apart from the leadership prowess he has displayed while he acted, he has also shown there is a synergy between him and his boss.
“The Congress will like to appeal to all Nigerians to be patient and hopeful. Truly it has not been well with the economy couple with the standard of living but we must keep hope alive. We will like to use this opportunity to warn all those frustrating the effort of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to desist, else they will incur the wrath of the masses. Only few days ago some gunmen visited their office for reason best known to them. We urge the EFCC not to be intimidated. Now that the president is back we expect to see positive development in all ramifications. Hate speeches will do us all no good”.
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