Ludwig Wilhelm Erhard, a famous German politician and the second German chancellor who was known for leading the West German postwar economic reforms and recovery once said, “A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.” That is what I am hoping the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-rufai, and the Nigerian Labour Congress will achieve when they finally sheath their swords and decide to come to the negotiation table.
It seems both are sticking to their grounds and no one is willing to yield. The battle line has been drawn too and with turns of event, we are yet to see light at the end of the tunnel.
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Already, the polity is heated with reports of threat between disputing parties. While Elrufai is accusing the NLC for vandalising government properties and economic sabotage, the NLC and other affiliate associations on the other hand had issued a threat of shutting down all activities in the country not just in Kaduna, the battle ground.
It is on this ground that I call on both parties to come to the negotiation table to seek compromise even though it does not always resolve problems of this kind.
It is very possible for El-rufai and the leadership of NLC to come to the table and negotiate, and it is also possible for both parties to get something out of the negotiation table.
What is more important here for both parties is that they should all yield so that they can win. So once again, I call on the Elrufai government and the NLC to “yield to win.”
Abbas Abubakar Umar Jabi, Abuja