23rd January, 2012
The Nigeria Labour Congress has asked Federal Government to come up with far reaching actions that can help in combating the current spate of insecurity and killings going on in some parts of the country.
NLC said this on Monday while reacting to last Friday’s attacks by Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalist sect in Kano that has so far resulted in over 200 deaths.
In a press release signed by its President, Comrade Abduwahed Omar on Monday, the Congress lamented that Nigeria security agencies have failed to live up to expectations of the citizenry by helping to put an end to the unfortunate incidents.
“Armed groups have been attacking residents of several parts of the North, culminating in the bloodiest of such attacks in Kano where about 250 people were reported to have died as a result of multiple bomb attacks in several locations in the commercial city. This was followed with another attack in Bauchi.
“We see in all these attacks a total failure of our security system that has consistently displayed incompetence in securing lives and properties of everyone living in Nigeria.
“We have noticed that on all occasions when bombs were detonated, all we hear from security agencies are lamentations about their state of helplessness as well as unfulfilled promises of improvement.
“We call on the Federal Government to urgently overhaul the country’s security and intelligence community as well as provide contemporary equipments and manpower that will enable the various agencies improve their competence in handling security challenges, especially as terrorism seems to have taken root in Nigeria.
The Congress also noted that the state of insecurity in the country has been further heightened by government’s failure in combating the country’s socio-economic deficiencies which has led to unemployment, collapse in our education system, and collapse of industries as well as other infrastructures.
NLC noted that these have been compounded by the recent increase in the pump price of petrol and called on government at all levels to take urgent steps to address the socio economic challenges confronting the country.
“On behalf of all Nigerian workers, we condole with the families of all those who lost their lives in these unfortunate incidents and also call on government to compensate all the families of the dead as well as take responsibility for the effective treatment of those injured.
“We appeal to all Nigerians to see every part of the country as their homes and reject the interpretation in some quarters that these attacks are directed towards ethnic cleansing”, the Congress concluded in the statement.