The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Tuesday called on the Federal Government and all security bodies in the country to fish out those behind the unabated killings in Benue the same way it was done in Rivers State recently.
The congress disclosed this in a statement made available to BusinessesToday that “The swiftness and dexterity with which one of the groups terrorizing Rivers was tamed at the weekend shows the killings in Benue is not going to be a tall task when a marching order is given.
“We condemn these killings in all its entirety and demand an end to it immediately. We gathered that some have alleged it is a communal clash while others claim the killings were to protest the anti-grazing law passed by Benue State House of Assembly to protect the people’s source of livelihood. Our thought is, no matter what the issue is we believe it can be addressed without gruesomely killing innocent people like animals. Women and children have become victims of greed and wickedness. Sometimes, one is tempted to question our humanity!
The statement added that “Nigeria has become a laughing stock in the comity of nations. In a recent video all over the social media an African leader of thought said “he wants his country to learn from the mistakes of Nigeria and the success of Malaysia”. It is a spite that at a time Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and a few other African countries are making landmark achievements there is no aspect of our national life that we can manage prudently. The Trade Union Congress is aggrieved that Nigerians are displaced, dispossessed and treated as destitutes. This phenomenon is man-made and ungodly. It is unfortunate nothing pricks the conscience of many Nigerians any longer.
“With a heavy heart, the Congress calls on the Federal Government and security agencies to match words with action. Bring everyone or group that threatens our peace to book. Nigeria is a country governed by law. Hacking children with machetes and maiming pregnant women is not a way to go as a country. This country is ours to own manage and protect for the benefit of all.”·