By Emeka Mamah
KADUNA â€” National Union of Textile Workers has commended the Acting President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for sacking the former National Security Adviser, NSA, General Sarki Mukhtar (rtd) following series of security lapses in the country, saying government officials must pay prices for their actions.
The union, however, said that Dr. Jonathan should declare a day of national mourning for the victims of the latest ethno-religious crisis in Jos, Plateau State if the country must be taken serious as a nation that values the lives of its citizens.
General Secretary of the union and Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Issa Aremu, made this known in Kaduna, yesterday.
Aremu regretted the insensitivity of those in authority to the plight of those who elected them into their offices.
He further said the government must show practical examples that it was worried at the high death rates from accidents and other civil unrests by punishing those who perpetrate such heinous crimes even as he wondered why Nigeria must compete with countries with natural calamities like Chile and Haiti on the number of casualties.
The statement read in part: â€œWe acknowledge the move made by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan at the wake of the crisis, including deployment of troops to Jos and neighboring states.
â€œIt is also good that security agencies are now paying prices as witnessed by replacement of the former National Security Adviser. We must, however, do more.
â€œWe must declare a day of national mourning for all the victims of the past and recent carnage in Jos and resolve collectively with practical peace work, not peace talk. What we have at hand is crisis of governance.
â€œA nation that once witnessed a three-year civil war, barely four decades ago with three million people killed cannot again play with fire.
â€œOn Sunday, 7th of March, the nation was again rudely woken up to the tragic serial tragedies on Jos Plateau and indeed in Nigeria and Africa.
â€œOver 500 people mostly women and children were reportedly murdered following night attacks on Dogo-Na-Hawa, Ratsat and Jeji villages in Foron District, Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau State.
â€œSimilar massacre took place in January 2010, just two months ago. Earlier mayhem in 2001, 2004, 2008 recorded a combined casualty figure of scores of thousands and hundreds of thousands of the displaced.”