The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has called for an urgent reorganisation of Nigeria’s internal security system to check violent militant activities.
In a statement in Abuja on Monday, the NLC said that Saturday’s
attack on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, had once again questioned
the efficiency of the security system in the country.
The statement signed by Mr Chris Uyot, the acting General Secretary
of the congress, said that Kano State, being a major industrial city in
the northern part of the country, was very strategic to the Nigerian
It noted that Kano should not be allowed to be held hostage by violent groups.
“The Emir of Kano is one of the highest traditional office holders, and a leading traditional voice in the country.
“If he can be so brazenly attacked, ordinary citizens will continue
to live in fear and consequently the atmosphere of insecurity in the
state and the country in general will grow deeper.
“This will certainly affect the free movement of persons and workers
to their workplaces with grave consequences on freedom of movement and
commercial activities,” it said.
While condemning the incessant attacks, the NLC also reiterated its call for dialogue, national peace and unity.
It called on those responsible for the violence to reflect on the
devastating damages their attacks had on the economy and the future of
“We commiserate with the families of the aides of the Emir who lost
their lives during the attack defending the life of the Emir of Kano.
“We also condole with workers and the people of Kano State and urge
them not to despair or allow these attacks discourage them in the
pursuit of peaceful coexistence and commerce.