NLC to El-rufai: Arrest Kaduna crisis now

NLC to El-rufai: Arrest Kaduna crisis now
Chris Steven, Abuja

 

 The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai to end the crisis rocking the state and find a lasting solution to it.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by its President, Ayuba Wabba, the Congress said the Kaduna crisis is not just a painful  reminder of a relatively distant past we were better off without,  it is a sad  commentary on the state of our communal relations exercabated by cruel and reckless socio-economic policies of the Kaduna State Government.

Read the full text of the statement below

We at the Nigeria Labour Congress wish to lend our voice to those who have condemned the violent conflicts in Kaduna and it’s environs.

These violent conflicts have led to  multiple deaths officially put at 55 at Kasuwan Magaini,  22 in Kaduna metropolis and an unspecified number in other unnamed settlements.

Almost a week after the violent conflict erupted over an issue as trivial as a dispute over the correct measure of grains of maize  in the market place,  it is yet to abate as reports say today there are fresh attacks and reprisals.

The Kaduna crisis is not just a painful  reminder of a relatively distant past we were better off without,  it is a sad  commentary on the state of our communal relations exercabated by cruel and reckless socio-economic policies of the Kaduna State Government.

It similarly represents leadership failure in the state as certain pre-emptive security measures  ought to have been put in place in Kaduna metropolis when this conflict started at Kasuwan Magaini.

The root causes of these conflicts must be addressed and perpetrators brought to justice.  We believe human life still remains sacred in spite of our degeneration into a non-society.

It is equally important for the Kaduna State Government to restore the security measures put in place by the Government of Makarfi which ensured peace and security in the state for over ten years.

Kaduna  State cannot afford to continue to leave on the edge of the knife.  The implications are enormous not just for Kaduna but the whole country.

Finally, our sympathy and condolences go to those who have lost their properties or loved ones.