From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The organized labour has urged all tiers of governments to put an end to what it called “endless wastage of lives of Nigerians
The General Secretary, National Union of Textile and Garment Workers, (ÑUTGWN) Comrade Issa Aremu made labour position known in a press statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to Aremu, the victims include workers and pensioners whose lives were cut short by criminals and bandits
“In the fullest of times, workers will be forced to stay at home until workers’ lives are assured and protected,” Aremu said.
The NUTGTWN who was paying tribute at the wake keep of former first Deputy President of the Union Comrade David Kerigbo Ugondo, in Kaduna, regretted that Nigerians were more secured at independence in 1960, than today adding that “Incidents of Armed robbery and kidnapping, armed attacks at home and along major highways are killing Nigerians more than HIV/AIDS!.”
Narrating how the late Comrade Ugondo at 67 was brutally gunned down together with three others including a serving army officer by suspected armed robbers during an attack along the notorious Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road in Kaduna State two weeks ago, Comrade Aremu observed that humans “are endangered species” in Nigeria which he said was a “shame” and “unacceptable” .
The labour leader said it was a paradox that with a serving President, Vice President, the ministers and governors, local governments chairmen, including community chiefs as well as security agencies, Nigeria lacked governance with respect to security of lives and properties as contained in 1999 constitution.
“Without an official declaration of war, Nigerians daily die in the hands of armed robbers and criminals. Road accidents and incidents have turned homes and work places to sudden mourners” lamenting that working men and women, including retirees such as Comrade David Kerigbo Ugondo have all become victims of Violent Crimes in Nigeria”.
Comrade Issa Aremu who is also a NEC member of NLC said to stem the tide of criminality, it was time to demand for accountability on the part of our rulers.