Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 November 2012

Nigeria: Insecurity Pushing Nation to Precipice - NUJ

Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) yesterday expressed worry over the alarming insecurity in the country, saying it is a clear sign of danger to Nigeria's democracy.

A statement jointly signed by NUJ President Comrade Mohammed Garba and National Secretary Shuaibu Usman Leman said Sunday's bomb attack at the Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna and yesterday's attack by gunmen on the Special Anti Robbery Squad headquarters in Abuja have heightened the insecurity problems of the country.

"Nigerians have watched with unbelief and with much alarm and fear as this ugly situation pulls the nation dangerously into the precipice. Regrettably, the situation in Maiduguri, Borno State and Damaturu and Potiskum in Yobe State has continued to worsen," the statement said.

The union urged government to stop the menace of kidnapping, armed robbery and oil theft in southern Nigeria, while lamenting the near total collapse of economic activities in the northeast Nigeria.

It said even with assurance from the Federal Government on security of life and property, the situation in the northeast remains precarious.

"Several businesses have been forced to close or relocate while thousands of residents have continued to flee the region for fear of being killed.

"In the south east and south-south, the unwholesome activities of kidnappers and oil thieves continue unabated...while oil bunkering which constitutes a major drain on the nation's economy has become another very lucrative business," said the statement.

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