Sunday, 29 January 2012


Nigerian users of the internet social medium, Twitter, have criticised the President of the Trade Union Congress, Mr. Peter Esele, for accepting the N97-per-litre-of-petrol offer of the Federal Government.
Esele, whose followers on Twitter significantly increased after the new fuel price, was condemned for negotiating with the government to reduce pump price
from N141 to N97.
The tweets also accused the TUC boss of short-changing the masses by accepting his appointment as a board member of the Petroleum Industry Bill less than 48 hours after the labour accepted N97 and called off the strike.
A user who identified himself as Occupy Nigeria, said, “Peter Esele is of no use to the people of Nigeria because he or they (organised labour) sold us out.”
Chibuzo Adimora also said, “In all of the events of the last two weeks, I call on Nigerians to always remember Peter Esele of the TUC and Waheed Omar of the Nigerian Labour as traitors.”
Another tweet from Ukan Kurugh read, “If Waheed (Omar) and Peter Esele actually collected money, as it’s being speculated, then they should expect the worst soon.”
Leke Davies added, “I don’t trust Peter Esele. When action time came, he backed out. Those that died during protest won’t forgive him.”
But Esele absolved himself of any blame.
He said, “We never did (accepted graft). You guys forget that the National Executive Council of the congress gives directive that I must obey.”
In his other tweets, the TUC boss said, “Why do you believe we were bought? Or is that what you would have done if in our shoes? You only want to listen to yourself.
“If you want GEJ out, mobilise for 2015. Open your heart to truth. Protest is a means to an end, not an end in itself. I’m at peace with myself.”

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