Labour To Jonathan: Address Nigerians On Your Plans To End Insurgency

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The Organised Labour, yesterday, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to address the nation on the increasing insecurity of lives and properties, to explain to the citizens, the steps being taken by the government to end insurgency and other violent crimes in the country.

The workers spoke through the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), insisting that it was time Nigeria changed its strategy and methodology as the current one seems not to be bringing the desired results.

General Secretary of NUTGTWN, Mr. Issa Aremu, who is also a Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in a statement, expressed grief and solidarity with the people and government of Kano State on Friday’s bomb attack at the Kano Central Mosque which claimed close to 200 lives.

“When we add serial bombings in parts of Maiduguri and now, Yobe, these are attacks getting too many for a country that has not been officially said to be at war. More frightening is the fact that the casualties include soldiers and police meant to protect us. Citizens must be assured in concrete and practical terms that workplaces, schools, markets and worship places are safe.

“The current state of insecurity, if not curtailed will further worsen existing low productivity, ground work places and underdevelops the nation. We heartily commiserate with the Governor of Kano State, His Excellency, Dr. Engr Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso, the Emir of Kano, HRH, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the government and good people of Kano State on the irreparable losses. We sympathize with the families that lost their dear ones in the serial bombings in parts of the country and pray Almighty Allah to grant the departed souls eternal rest.

“It’s time President Goodluck Jonathan addressed the citizens on the state of the nation. Just today Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has not only addressed Kenyans but has fired his internal security minister and accepted the resignation of his police chief following the al-Shabaab quarry attack that reportedly killed 36 workers in the north of the country. With over 5,000 already killed in Nigeria’s insurgency serial attacks, it’s time Nigeria makes a change in its strategy and methodology to these wars of attrition,” the statement read.

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  1. Organised Labour means well and it is an advice in good faith to GEJ. The Government may be doing much and may not be getting the desired results on a large scale and that is the reason for the President to addreess the matter.’The President Explains’ programme in which GEJ fields questions from Journalists will help greatly. Firing people from office may not give the much desired result even if it will please some people temporarily. This is because many Service Chiefs and Ministers have been sacked because of insecurity but the problem still persists.


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