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Jos crisis : Textile workers lament govt’s insensitivity

By Victor Ahiuma-Young & Daniel Emeribe

ORGANISED labour in the nation’s Textile and Garment industry, yesterday declared that the ongoing crisis in Jos, the Plateau State, had compounded the recent labelling of Nigeria as a terrorist country by the United States.

Under the aegis of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, labour lamented that the nation’s leaders were not doing enough to arrest the tide.

Speaking yesterday in Lagos, at first solidarity day lecture to celebrate Patrice Lumumba and Amilcar Cabral, General Secretary of NUTGTWN and a Vice President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, said: “On the Christmas day, Nigeria was woken to the rude news that Faruk Umaru Mutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian was arrested for an attempted bombing of a Trans Atlantic Delta Airline from Amsterdam to Detroit.

“Since then, our country has been listed on the terror watch list arbitrarily compiled by United States of America, not by United Nations.

“Nigerian leaders, like slaves, uncritically took America’s listing as an article of faith.  Our leaders have been on the defensive to convince USA that Nigeria is not a terrorist country.  Of course Nigeria has recorded unfortunate air mishaps notable being two ADCs, Bellview and Sosoliso (in which as many 60 students of Loyola Jesuit Catholic School, Abuja perished).

“No evidence that the unfortunate air disasters at home were linked to terrorism. In fact, the accidents were attributed to bad weather. But never before has Nigeria witnessed renewed aviation security measures as in recent times when the lives of America-bound passengers were threatened by suicide bombing this time by a Nigerian youth.”


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