Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the federal government to immediately put in place measures to end the mass killings by killer herdsmen in different parts of the country.
The Congress in a statement by its president, Ayuba Wabba, said workers are upset at the rate of serial killings around the country, notably in Benue, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Rivers and Taraba States.
He said Nigerians are more worried that these mass murders have continued unabated as if security agencies are helpless.
“These killings have not only threatened security of lives and properties but constitutes a major impediment to the much needed growth and development of the country as regular work in both informal and formal sectors of the economy have grimly been hampered while the economy groans”, he stated.
Wabba further stated that the NLC does not think it would be right for the security agencies to ignore the dangers of allowing the unhindered escalation of the fatal attacks that can not in any way be downplayed as mere communal clashes the same way similar incidents were allowed to grow into terror gangs such as Boko Haram insurgents who were eventually declared as terrorist groups of global attention.
The statement further noted: “We believe the Federal Government must rise up to its responsibility by directing appropriate security agencies to urgently apprehend the situation. No part of the country is of less consequence to our national development and therefore the responsibility of securing all lives and properties in our country is squarely placed as the full responsibility of the Federal Government.
“Government must not be perceived to be uninterested in ensuring peace and security in any part of the country for any reason. Those attacking the communities are not ghosts and should not be left untouchable. No government will survive the advent of another terrorist group in our country. Mass killing is enough a symptom of terrorism and we can’t afford to have our country classified as a safe haven for terrorist groups as these will scare off the much needed foreign investment in our country.”