By JIMITOTA ONOYUME, port harcourt
FORMER Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, rtd, has cautioned against any dialogue with the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
Fielding questions yesterday in Port Harcourt from newsmen, Ukiwe who was Chairman of the fourth triennial delegates’ conference of the Rivers council of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC said the activities of the group had gone beyond the point where it could say it wants dialogue.
According to him, there was no way a meaningful resolution could come out of a dialogue with a body that was detonating bombs, maiming and killing innocent Nigerians.
Continuing, Ukiwe said the decision to go into any dialogue with the group should be left to the federal government but as an individual he was strongly opposed to it.
“I don’t know what they mean by dialogue because the sort of crime they are committing does not give much room for dialogue. I will not advise the federal government on what to do. My attitude does not go with dialoguing. How are you sure he is not coming with a bomb laden tummy”
Meantime, Trade Union Congress, TUC has expressed satisfaction with the relationship between government and workers in Rivers state. President General of the body, Comrade Peter Esele in his address at the triennial delegates’ conference also tasked government at all levels in the country to promote the rule of law, adding the state Chairman of the body, Comrade Chika Onuegbu said speakers were carefully chosen to come up with ways to achieving them for the conference “Building the Nigeria of our dream”. He said TUC would continue to take steps to promote the common good of the people.
Dr Udenta Udenta who gave the key paper, Building the Nigeria of our dream: the role of trade unions, civil society and citizens” called for aggressive crusade against corruption, stressing that funds saved could be used to transform several sectors of the economy.
“The coalition must work towards the comprehensive criminalization of corruption in the nation’s legal statutes both in its declaration as a high treasonable crime and the death penalty it must be made to carry. The crackdown on corruption will liberate billions and trillions of funds for urgent work in the human infrastructure and human security sector”