By Rita Esegine
The Nigeria Labour Congress has expressed dismay over the recent massacre of about seventy four (74) people in Sabin Birnin Gobir and Gwadabawa Local Government Area of Sokoto State on Wednesday the 27th day of May 2020.
NLC said that to think that this massacre occured on Children’s Day is totally heartless and callous that even children and infants were not spared from this terrible incident.
Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the President of NLC in a statement that it condemns vehemently the of violence and misery. ”
The statement went on to say, “It is of great concern to us that the cry for help by attacked communities in Sokoto State failed to attract timely intervention by the government and our security forces. This is very sad and disconcerting”.
“To those children and adults mowed down by the bullets of the cowardly assailants, their government failed them. To the families licking the wounds of the death of their loved ones, the state failed them.
“The Sokoto massacre would not be the first time assailants have had a field day killing and maiming to their fill in that part of the country. In the past ten years, about ten thousand Nigerians have been killed by gun wielding terrorists and bandits.
“The killing field of last Wednesday in Sokoto State is another round of death too many. We strongly reiterate our earlier calls for the silencing, once and for all, of the machines of death in every part of Nigeria. The social trauma, economic displacement and demographic dislocation occasioned by the tributaries of blood flowing through the plains of North East and North West Nigeria foretells foreboding consequences.
“The spill over from the major theatres of violence in Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna States is also affecting many other states in Nigeria especially states that are in the North Central. We urge the Federal Government to continue to invest robust resources in intelligence gathering, armament and equipping of the Nigerian military especially airpower given the terrain difficulties in many of the vulnerable communities constantly under attack”.