21 January 2013

Nigeria: Oyerinde - NLC Blames Unemployment for Crimes

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has linked the high insecurity in the country to the growing army of unemployed youths in the country.

In a statement on Thursday, NLC President Abdulwaheed Omar also demanded the prosecution of the killers of the Principal Private Secretary to Edo State Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde.

"Olaitan's murder is a clear testimony not just to the fact that the lives of every Nigerian has become threatened with the growing army of unemployed youths who have taken to crime due to lack of jobs, but also exposes the weakness of the political leadership of the country who seem completely helpless in combating the growing state of insecurity in Nigeria.

"If the lives of the citizen cannot be guaranteed, the people will lose faith in the system and distrust the leadership, and we believe President Jonathan needs to reconnect with the Nigerian people by ensuring that the system works in the collective interest of the people and not a few individuals", he said.

NLC also expressed displeasure over the poor handling of the investigation into the murder of Oyerinde. They also called on the Inspector General of Police to reopen the case and apprehend the actual convicts in the murder.

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