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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nigeria Set for Strike

LAGOS ( -- Nigeria's powerful central labor organization was mobilizing Monday for a general strike starting Wednesday to back the action begun by oil workers demanding the release of detained politician Moshood Abiola.

The Nigeria Labor Congress said it was calling a general strike because efforts to persuade the military government to free Abiola, the undeclared winner of last year's annulled presidential election, and other political detainees had failed.

The oil workers' unions said Sunday they would stay away from talks with the government scheduled for Monday to try to end their crippling strike, now in its fifth week.