Trade Union Congress (TUC) has tasked the Federal Government and all security bodies in the country to fish out those behind the unabated killings in Benue State the same way it was done in Rivers State recently.
The labour centre said the swiftness and dexterity with which one of the groups terrorising Rivers was tamed recently showed that ending the killings in Benue was not going to be a tall task, if the right things were done.
President of TUC, Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and the secretary-general, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, in a statement condemning the killings, demanded an end to the bloodshed immediately.
“We gathered that some have alleged it is a communal clash, while others claim the killings were to protest the anti-grazing law passed by the Benue State House of Assembly to protect the people’s source of livelihood,” the statement said.
The TUC noted that, no matter what was the root of the attacks, it could be addressed without gruesomely killing innocent people like animals: “Women and children have become victims of greed and wickedness. Sometimes, one is tempted to question our humanity!
“Nigeria has become a laughing stock in the comity of nations. In a recent video all over the social media, an African leader of thought said he wants his country to learn from the mistakes of Nigeria and the success of Malaysia.
“It is a spite that at a time Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and a few other African countries are making landmark achievements, there is no aspect of our national life that we can manage prudently.”
The congress said it was aggrieved that Nigerians are displaced, dispossessed and treated as destitute, noting that this phenomenon was man-made and ungodly.
It stated that it was unfortunate that nothing pricks the conscience of many Nigerians any longer: “With heavy hearts, the congress calls on the Federal Government and security agencies to match words with action. Bring everyone or group that threatens our peace to book.
“Nigeria is a country governed by law. Hacking children with machetes and maiming pregnant women is not a way to go as a country. This country is ours to manage and protect for the benefit of all.”