The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, has called for new strategies in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
The call was made in a condolence letter to the governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum and signed by the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba over the killing of travellers by terrorists on Sunday.
The adoption of a new security strategy to the anti-terrorism fight has become acutely necessary given the grave danger that a much more prolonged insurgency portends for the socio-economic survival of our people.
There are already fears that the recent upscale in violence along the Maiduguri-Damaturu corridor could be geared at cutting off this critical transportation artery and thus isolating Maiduguri from the rest of the country.
The humanitarian impact in terms of the supply of food and other basic life supporting amenities can only be imagined, Wabba said.
According to the NLC President, quoting newspapers reports, the attack which took place on Sunday, 9th February, 2020 at about 9.30pm left more than 30 people dead and 18 vehicles burnt while scores of children and women were abducted.
This is the umpteenth time that insurgents would be attacking innocent commuters and villagers along this very important road artery in North Eastern Nigeria.
This attack is clearly aimed at undermining the good efforts that your administration and our security forces are making to bring the current wave of terrorism and insurgency in the North East to an end and to restore the peace.
At this rate, we have a duty to urge the government and our security services not to be discouraged.
It is also important for government and our security forces to seriously consider adopting an entirely new approach to the fight against terrorism and insurgency especially in a manner that would break the spinal cord of those bent on unleashing mayhem on our people, their livelihoods and our collective sanity, the NLC President said.
He said it was unacceptable to allow terrorists operate for an uninterrupted long period of up to four hours as they did in the case in question without repulsion by security forces stressing that we must now draw the line
Comrade Ayuba Wabba also commended Governor Zulum for his support to the security forces to end the insurgency and bring peace and accelerated development to the people of Borno State, and called for increased vigilance, resilience, grit, discipline, patriotic commitment and innovative solutions by the Federal government, security agencies and citizens to bring the situation to a conclusive end.
Local media had reported the attack and killing last Sunday of travelers by the boko haram terrorists at Auno Town which is 24 kilometres from Maiduguri metropolis along the Maiduguri Damaturu Highway, in North-east Nigeria.
Source: Voice of Nigeria