By Victor Ahiuma-Young
NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, has called on the Federal Government to ensure that the perpetrators of the independence day bombing that claimed close to 16 lives with several others injured are brought to book at all cost.
NLC in a statement argued that beyond exposing the brains behind those explosions and other violent crimes, the Federal Government should beef up the intelligence and crime preventive capacity of our security agencies.
The statement by NLC’s General Secretary, Comrade John Odah, also called on the Federal Government to not only publish the names of Nigerians who paid the supreme price as a result of the barbaric incident, but to also initiate steps to compensate the families of both the dead and wounded.
The statement read in part: “ This criminal and cowardly act has so far claimed the lives of about 12 Nigerians and left scores of others lying critically injured in some of the hospitals in Abuja. This atrocious act of terrorism is indeed sad, unfortunate and totally unacceptable to Nigerians. The Nigeria Labour Congress unequivocally condemns this dastardly act which has further traumatised our national psyche especially on a day we were supposed to be celebrating our Golden Independence Jubilee.
We also sympathise with the families of those who lost their lives and those who were wounded in the bomb blasts. Furthermore, we wish those who were injured in the unfortunate explosions a speedy recovery to full health. This unfortunate incident is another sad reminder of the grave state of insecurity currently prevalent in Nigeria. Barely a week ago, fifteen pupils of Abanyi International School, Aba were kidnapped on their way to school and their kidnappers brazenly demanded millions of naira for their release.
” “This is not to mention numerous cases of abductions, armed robberies and ethno-religious crisis that have become recurring decimals on our streets on daily basis. The latest introduction of bomb explosions in the nation’s lexicon of violent crime tends to suggest that our security crisis is spiraling out of control. This upsurge in criminality in Nigeria must be nippped in the bud immediately.