By Emeka Aginam
ENUGU—The Enugu State Chapter of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has called on the federal government to take urgent and drastic measures to put an end to the incessant attacks and killings of innocent citizens by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Reacting to the recent attack on Ndiagu Attakwu Akegbe-ugwu community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, which led to the death of a catholic seminarian and four injured persons, the labour leaders in a statement jointly signed by the State Chairman of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe and its secretary, Comrade Benneth Asogwa, condemned the incident as “inhuman and callous.”
They argued that since the security agencies in the country are under the control of the federal government, it is the responsibility of the President to direct the Nigeria Police Force, the Army and other security operatives to stop the ungodly activities of the herdsmen and ensure that they carry out the directives to the letter.
The labour leaders lamented that it was unfortunate that some people were blaming the state government for the continued attacks on communities by the herdsmen, stressing that it is only when the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria exercises his constitutional powers that the issue of the herdsmen would be laid to rest.
While calling on the Police and other security operatives in the state to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to book, the congress commended the Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his prompt visit to the ravaged community and the efforts he had put in place to maintain peace, protect the lives and property of the people of the state as well as ensure that the incident did not escalate.
“The congress condoles with families of the victims of the attack on Ndiagu Attakwu community and the entire people of Enugu State over the unfortunate incident of the suspected Fulani herdsmen. We strongly believe that the sincere intervention of the federal government is the only permanent solution to the incessant attacks from the herdsmen, which have threatened the peace and unity of the country”, the statement said.