By Peter Duru
KADUNA â€” The Kaduna State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned what it described as incessant kidnapping of people in the country.
The NLC said kidnapping which was a South-South phenomenon had now enveloped the whole country, warning that it was a matter for sober reflection by the government.
A statement jointly signed by the Chairman, Mr.Danladi BissallahÂ and the Secretary, Mr. Henry Shekarau read in part: “The NLC, Kaduna State Council and the entire workforce join all other well-meaning Nigerians to condemn in its totality the spate of kidnapping ravaging the nation at this time in the history of our great country.
â€œThis madness that started from the South-South axis of the nation through agitation for oil proceeds has now become a menace that no one knows the next victim.
â€œToday, it is sad that Kaduna State which is the melting point of all Nigerians and foreigners alike has also turned into a den of kidnappers and people with criminal tendencies.
â€œThe kidnapping, therefore, of the state SSG, Mr. Yayok, about a week ago and that of a Zaria-based businessman, Malam Bello stands condemnable by every patriotic citizen.
â€œWhile we sympathise with the government once again, these acts will constitute a source of sobering reflection for the administration to actualise its 11-point agenda aimed at putting smiles on the peopleâ€™s face.
â€œAt this juncture, everyone of us should rise to the occasion and join in the prayers for the release of Mr. Yayok and other victims of these evil men in the interest of humanity. The NLC leadership wants to believe that the SSGâ€™s kidnap was politically motivated and has brought a bad signal to the polity.â€