The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Ayuba Wabba has said that insecurity would not be tackle in Nigeria, unless those who procured guns for the poor Nigerians to kill themselves are brought to book.
Wabba who was speaking at the 11 Triennial National Delegates Conference of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) lamented that is disheartening for the poor people using AK-47 to killed other innocent and poor Nigerians.
He said government and the security operatives must work assiduously by ensuring those behind the gun runnings are brought to book.
“The question begging for answer is, how a poor Nigerian acquire an AK47 rifle and be using it to fight a fellow poor. Something must be wrong and somebody must be responsible for providing these weapons.
“We have not been told who is providing these weapons for these poor Nigerians to fight themselves. We must interrogate this and find out who is providing this weapons. Without that, the issue of insecurity in Nigeria cannot be handled.
“The starting point is finding out who the sponsors are because that is the first step towards solving the problem of insecurity in Nigeria. Without addressing this problem of insecurity, development will elude us”.
On the claims by some governors that they can’t pay the N30.000 national Minimum wage, the NLC said the organised labour will fight to finish those set of government.
According to him, “there is nothing we have gotten on a platter of gold. Democracy itself was not given to us. We have seen democracy around the world being captured by economic powers.
“We have seen how economic power is undermining democracy and therefore, workers around the world, including Nigeria must stand firm to defend our democratic gain. Our leaders need our engagement in other not to be captured by economic powers.
“This conference provide us an opportunity to interrogate where we are coming from and what we need to do to change the rules. The rules cannot be changed through wishful thinking. Our leaders must be instigated to change the rules.
“When you hear the language of capital, you will know that workers are in trouble because the language of capital is profit and more profit. That is why the issue of the use of automation and technology is coming in and not because they can not employ more workers.
“It is only because they want to maximise profit. We must continue to work together because the issues of workers is the same. We should resist attempt to divide us along any line.
I have seen what our armed forces have done and I want to commend them. But they need to go further”.