Ayuba Wabba Mourns the Passing of Former NLC President Ali Chiroma

Ayuba Wabba, the Immediate Past President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), expressed deep sorrow over the death of former NLC President Ali Chiroma, hailing him as a symbol of courage and integrity.

Chiroma passed away on Tuesday in Maiduguri at the age of 91, leaving behind a legacy of dedicated service to the Nigerian workers and masses.

In a heartfelt statement, Wabba commemorated Chiroma’s remarkable contributions to the labor movement, highlighting his fearless advocacy for improved living conditions and social justice. He described Chiroma as an “epitome of courage and character,” who fearlessly confronted the challenges of military rule during his tenure as NLC President.

Wabba recounted an incident during the resistance against the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) under the Babangida administration, where Chiroma’s resolute leadership was evident. Despite facing intimidation and detention by the military, Chiroma stood unwavering in his commitment to defending the rights of workers.

Chiroma’s dedication to the labor movement extended beyond national boundaries, as he served as a two-term member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and contributed to the committee of freedom of Association. He was also honored with the national award of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).

In closing, Wabba paid tribute to Chiroma’s enduring legacy, acknowledging his invaluable role in advancing the welfare of workers and promoting social justice in Nigeria. He extended his condolences to Chiroma’s family and the entire labor community, mourning the loss of a towering figure whose impact will be remembered for generations to come.

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