The rising spate of killings, kidnappings and armed banditry in parts of Kaduna state leading to loss of lives and properties worth millions of naira and payment of millions in ransom was unacceptable state, Comrade Issa Aremu has said.
Kajuru and parts of Chikun have witnessed communal and sectarian crises, Birnin Gwari has been bedevilled by kidnapping and armed banditry, just as Kaduna – Abuja expressway has become a trap to motorists and passengers by kidnappers and armed robbers.
Speaking on the 2019 May Day, Aremu, who is Nigerian Labour Congress NEC member and the General Secretary, National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, called on federal and state governments to revive textile and other moribund industries to create jobs for the teeming youth, while urging infrastructural developments to create enabling environment for small scale industries to thrive.
“It is unacceptable for a state like Kaduna to be known with all manners of violence for years without any breakthrough. The workforce should ensure the situation is brought under control, there should be unity of purpose beyond religion and tribe to be able to forge ahead to ensure permanent peace in the state.
“Nigerian workers must unite to save themselves from the deteriorating situation in the country. The unity of Nigerian workers is inevitable in order to enshrine sanity into the system by ensuring social justice and fairness to all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion and region but a collective fight for the overall interest of all.
“Workers should learn to vote for their fellow workers that are seeking elective positions and politicians that have unquestionable characters, in order to restore the country’s past glory where things worked for the general good of the people.
“Leaders should be voted based on what they can do for the people not where they come from. Our past leaders like Tafawa Balewa, was a teacher and Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto was an administrator and a civil servant when they were elected into sensitive positions to lead the affairs of the country and they performed excellently.”
Comrade Aremu stated that the insecurity challenges confronting Nigeria has become so unbearable that the lives and property of Nigerians are no longer safe.
“The crisis rocking most parts of the country is purely a war between the poor. It is only the poor that are being killed and their property destroyed. Most youths are left with nothing to do but end up being led into evil way of life thinking they are doing themselves any good.”