– The recent killing in Plateau state has been described by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), as senseless and barbaric
– The president of NLC, Comrade Ayuba, said that the incident is capable of destroying peace and unity in the country
– Ayuba urged the federal government to quickly rebuild communities ravaged by the attack
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), through its president Comrade Ayuba has referred to the recent killings in Plateau state senseless and barbaric.
Ayuba said that such an ugly incident, if not curbed, will break the bond of brotherhood and unity in the country, The Nation reports.
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Delivering a statement in Abuja, the NLC president said that revengeful attack will not solve the problem. He appealed to those involved to rather engage in peaceful dialogue that will engender reconciliation.
Ayuba urged the federal government to move into swift action in rebuilding communities affected by the ugly development.
The statement read: “The Nigeria Labour Congress is deeply saddened by the renewed violence in Barkin-Ladi and Riyom Local Governments of Plateau State and their environs leading to the killing of over 86 persons ( as per police report) by suspected killer-herdsmen at the weekend.
“We are disturbed by the range of targets, the duration of these attacks and the scope of casualties and destruction. Even in a full scale war with another country,the statistics are numbing. ‘Therefore, for the umpteenth time we condemn these killings in their entirety.
“They are senseless and barbaric and threaten to shatter once and for all the bonds of brotherhood and peaceful co-existence.
“Accordingly, our security, though stretched, must be seen to do more to restore the confidence of the civil populace. If the emerging allegations are true that the attacks went on unchecked for hours, then something needs to be done about the reaction time of our internal security operations in the state.
“Beyond this, the Federal and Plateau State Governments in consultation with the parties to this bloody conflict should design a framework for an enduring peace.
“The governments should quickly move to rebuild these communities and restore shattered lives as well as put and end to this anarchy.
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“In spite of the fact that emotions understandably run high at the moment, it is important to appreciate the fact that reprisal attacks cannot bring the much needed peace. Peace lies in dialogue and in squarely addressing the underlying causes of the problem. Time to frankly talk to ourselves is now.“
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the US had strongly condemned the attacks in Plateau in which no fewer than 86 people were killed and several others injured.
The US in a statement by Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the US Department of State, said the perpetrators of the attacks should be brought to justice.
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