21 January 2013

Nigeria: NLC Seeks Reorganisation of Nation's Security Services

NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday, said that Saturday's attack on the convoy of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, had exposed the lie in the claim by the Federal Government that its security agencies had been able to curtail activities of violent extremists.

NLC said the attack had again questioned the efficacy of security in the country and brought to the fore the urgent need for the reorganization of Nigeria's internal security system as violent militant activities seemed to be growing in strength by the day.

In a statement by its Acting General Secretary, Mr Chris Uyot, Congress urged the security agencies to improve their intelligence to protecting lives and property, and to ensure that subsequent attacks were detected and apprehended before they were carried out.

According to NLC, "Kano, being a major industrial city in the northern part of the country is very strategic to the Nigerian economy and polity, and should therefore not be allowed to be held hostage by violent groups. The Emir of Kano is one of the highest traditional office holders, and a leading traditional voice in the country. If he can be so brazenly attacked, ordinary citizens will continue to live in fear and consequently the atmosphere of insecurity in the state and the country in general will grow deeper."

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