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El-Rufai’s harsh economic policies responsible for Kaduna crisis – NLC

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that “the cruel and reckless socio-economic policies of Kaduna State Government” should be blamed for the current crisis in the state.

The NLC also asked the Kaduna State government to immediately respite all security measures put in place by the Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi government to ensure peaceful coexistence across the state.

President of the Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said in a statement made available to newsmen that the failure of the government to take pre-emptive security measures when the crisis first broke out at Kasua Magani represents leadership failure on the part of the El-Rufai government in the state.

Wabba said the Kaduna crisis is not just a painful  reminder of a relatively distant past, but a sad  commentary on the state of our communal relations exacerbated.

The statement reads: “We at the Nigeria Labour Congress wish to lend our voice to those who have condemned the violent conflicts in Kaduna and it’s environs.

“These violent conflicts have led to multiple deaths officially put at 55 at Kasuwan Magaini,  22 in Kaduna metropolis and an unspecified number in other unnamed settlements.

“Almost a week after the violent conflict erupted over an issue as trivial as a dispute over the correct measure of grains of maize in the market place, it is yet to abate as reports say today there are fresh attacks and reprisals.

“The Kaduna crisis is not just a painful reminder of a relatively distant past we were better off without,  it is a sad  commentary on the state of our communal relations exacerbated by cruel and reckless socio-economic policies of the Kaduna State Government.

“It similarly represents leadership failure in the state as certain pre-emptive security measures  ought to have been put in place in Kaduna metropolis when this conflict started at Kasuwan Magaini.

“The root causes of these conflicts must be addressed and perpetrators brought to justice.  We believe human life still remains sacred in spite of our degeneration into a non-society,” NLC said.

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