BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
LAGOS – TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has described the Christmas Day bombings in Madalla, near Abuja, which claimed several lives as an affront to God or Allah that the perpetrators claim to represent and called for the sack of the nation’s security chiefs as they have failed the nation.
In a statement by President-General and Secretary-General of TUC, Comrade Peter Esele and Chief John Kolawole, respectively, the umbrella body for senior staff associations in the country, said it was sad over the continuous state of wastage of human lives by a faceless religious sect and enemy of the Nigerian masses, Boko Haram.
According to the TUC, “this group of cultists and devil advocates who claim to be fighting for God, have become an affront to God and whatever religion they claim to represent, as they have no rights whatever to attack, bomb and kill fellow citizens in the house of God.
“The five bombs which exploded on Christmas Day at churches in Nigeria, including St Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, an Abuja satellite town, killing 27 people, have further raised fears that Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility, is trying to ignite sectarian civil war that may split the country and consume even Boko Haram and their sponsors.
“TUC pleads with all Christian leaders and their followers never to be drawn into an era of senseless religious wars that will do us no good, as countries in the world that have been enmeshed in these cowardly acts have not survived it.
“Churches and other organisations should henceforth devise means of protecting and defending worshippers by having bomb detectors installed and screen all visitors. We have severally in the recent past demanded for a total overhaul of the nation’s security forces and appoint the heads on competence and commitment not on seniority or quota basis.”