THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says the recent killing of 86 people in two local governments in Plateau State is a threat to Nigerians’ bond of brotherhood and peaceful co-existence.
Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, who stated this in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday to condemn the dastardly acts that took place at Barkin-Ladi and Riyom Local Governments of Plateau State, said the Congress was disturbed by the range of targets, the duration of the attacks and the scope of casualties and destruction.
“Even in a full scale war with another country, the statistics are numbing,” Wabba said, just as he described the killings as senseless and barbaric “threatening to shatter once and for all the bonds of brotherhood and peaceful co-existence.”
He said the Nigerian security outfits must be seen to do more to restore the confidence of the civil populace, noting that “if the emerging allegations were true that the attacks went on unchecked for hours, then something needs to be done about the reaction time of our internal security operations in the state.”
The NLC President also stressed that the federal and Plateau State governments in consultation with other stakeholders should design a framework for an enduring peace.
The governments, he added, should quickly move to rebuild these communities and restore shattered lives, and put an end to this anarchy.
Wabba maintained that reprisal attacks cannot bring the much needed peace. “Peace lies in dialogue and in squarely addressing the underlying causes of the problem,” he added.