ByÂ Victor Ahiuma-Young
THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, Tuesday, said the tragic death of Second Republic governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abubarkar Rimi, on Sunday, had robbed Nigerian workers and the progressive movement in the country of a partner and friend.
They, however, called on the government to immediately do a holistic reform of the nationâ€™s internal security operations to reorient and refocus them to serve the interests of the citizenry.
The two groups, in separate statements, in Abuja and Lagos respectively,Â lamented that the circumstances of Rimi’s death, again, symbolised the tragic state of our nation marked by profound insecurity of life and property and commended Acting President Goodluck Jonathan for ordering the immediate investigation of his death.
NLC,Â in a statement by its Acting General Secretary, Mr. Emma Ugboaja, said:Â ”The instances of serial sad incidents like this create the notion, rightly or wrongly, that our leadership attaches little or no value to the lives of the citizenry.
Relatedly, TUC’sÂ President-General and Secretary-General, Mr. Peter Esele and Chief John Kolawole, said: â€œAlhaji Rimiâ€™s death has again shown the level of helplessness the nationâ€™s security system currently operates on and why the entire system seriously requires complete overhauling.