The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has slammed Nigeria’s security structure saying the series of devastating attacks by extremist group, Boko Haram show a total failure of the security system that has consistently displayed incompetence in securing lives and properties of everyone living in Nigeria.
A statement by NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar called for far reaching actions from the Federal Government and for government at all levels to take urgent steps to address the socio economic challenges in the country.
The statement said “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 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 statement said.
NLC noted that what has worsened these challenges are deeply rooted in government’s failure in combating the country’s socio-economic deficiencies which has led to unemployment, collapse in the education system, collapse of industries as well as other infrastructures.
It said these other problems these have been compounded by the recent increase in the pump price of petrol.
The union appealed to Nigerians to see every part of the country as their homes and reject the interpretation in some quarters that the attacks are directed towards ethnic cleansing.