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NLC deplores deadly bombings

LAGOS (AFP) – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday condemned “incessant” bombings killings in the country, saying that the atmosphere of insecurity was inimical to growth and development.

“These incessant violence and general insecurity, which are engendering fear and restlessness in the citizenry is taking a negative dimension and is inimical to growth and development,” NLC president Abdulwahed Ibrahim Omar said.

“No nation can grow in a chaotic and anarchical situation,” he said in a speech at a forum for training of young labour unionists in Uyo, capital of southern Akwa Ibom State.

Omar particularly cited recent killings in central Plateau state and urged government and the security agencies to rise up to the occasion by defending the lives and property of Nigerians and foreigners.

Members of the livestock-herding Fulani ethnic group were blamed for July 7 raids on Christian villages that killed more than 80 people.

Another 22 people, including two senior politicians, were killed the following day in an attack on the victims’ funeral, also blamed on the Fulani.

The labour leader also reiterated the NLC call on government to expedite action on the implementation of the reports of committees set up to probe oil subsidy scam “in order to bring those found guilty to justice.”

In April, a parliamentary report alleged Nigeria had lost $6.8 billion from 2009 to 2011 through a fuel subsidy programme rife with corruption.


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