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NLC wants Jonathan to probe security operations, NASS to probe spending in North East


WorldStage Newsonline-- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to carry out investigation on the activities and challenges of the country's security, especially in the North East and the National Assembly to probe the utilization of the financial allocations to the military.

NLC President Chairman, Abdalwahed Omar, in a statement maintained that the murder of the Emir of Gwoza had exposed the weakness of the operations.

According to him, NLC is worried that despite huge resource allocations to security, security remains a serious challenge in Nigeria with the recent ambush and assassination of the Emir of Gwoza, Idrisa Timta who was in company of two other Emirs on their way to Gombe for the funeral rites of their late colleague, the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Usman Shehu Abubakar who died earlier at a London hospital.

He said: "We therefore call on President Goodluck Jonathan, as the Commander In Chief of the armed forces to institute a full scale, transparent, thorough and unbiased investigation on the activities and challenges of our security forces, especially in the North East.

 "We also call on the National Assembly to probe the financial allocations to the military and the utilization of these allocations, for clearly, the murder of the Emir of Gwoza has exposed the soft underbelly of these operations.

"We are disturbed that despite huge resource allocations to security, security remains a serious challenge in Nigeria with the recent ambush and assassination of the Emir of Gwoza, Idrisa Timta who was in company of two other Emirs on their way to Gombe for the funeral rites of their late colleague, the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Usman Shehu Abubakar who died earlier at a London hospital."

He said that it is worrisome that these attacks are increasing even as the Minister of Finance recently announced that N130billion had been spent on security, especially on the military who have been saddled with the responsibility of confronting the prevailing armed insurgency in the North East led by the Boko Haram elements.

NLC said that the  ease and precision with which these attacks are carried out, despite numerous security check points and the number of security personnel deployed in the zone is worrisome and unjustifiable.

Omar wondered that if  high profile traditional rulers could be attacked so casually just as villages and towns are being razed even in broad daylight, what would be the fate of ordinary citizens?

The statement reads in part:  "For us, we believe the authorities need to demonstrate a high level of  commitment to safety of lives and property in the country generally but especially in the North East, by carrying out deep investigations into the activities of security operatives including military personnel while we reiterate our consistent call for proper equipping and morale-boosting measures of our personnel.

 "It is already a  national embarrassment that the school children who were abducted from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State more than six weeks ago are yet to be located and rescued even as multinational interests in the rescue operations increases. That these children are yet to be rescued and delivered unharmed to their parents questions the commitment and credibility of those saddled with the search and rescue operation and negatively impacts on our national image.

 "We are confident that our security agencies, including the military can effectively route out the insurgents if well equipped and motivated. After all, these same personnel not only rendered a good account of themselves in foreign operations, they played a decisive role in ending conflicts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, etc.

 "Although this war is slightly different, we are concerned that these same forces are finding it difficult to confront insurgency back home.

 "We believe government and indeed, all Nigerians must take interest in what could be the obstacles to our collective resolve and commitment to the war on terror that has all but brought socio-economic activities in parts of the country to a halt.

 "Meanwhile, we extend our deep condolences to the family of the Emir of Gwoza and thousands of other families including the families of our security operatives who are bereaved as a result of this costly war."

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