We Are Tired Of Your Swan Song Of ‘Heartfelt Condolences’, PENGASSAN Tells Jonathan
As the 24 hours curfew imposed on the two states of Kaduna and Yobe, following the violence and loss of innocent lives in the two states continues, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has expressed grave concern on the deteriorating security situation in the country with the attendant impact on the socio-economic lives of the citizens.
In a statement tilted ‘The Road To Yugoslavia and signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Deji Kolawole, the group said Nigerians are tired the ‘swan song’ of “heartfelt condolences”, condemning “the dastardly act” and promising to “bring perpetrators to book” usually expressed the President whenever attacks like these happen.
The spokesman of the group likened the recent attacks to the war that marked the eventual breakup of Yugoslavia, saying it is the poor that will suffer, should Nigeria take that road of self destruction.
“The attacks on Christian worshippers in Kaduna and Zaria last Sunday claimed by the terrorist group, Boko Haram and the consequent reprisal attacks on innocent Muslims represents a dangerous descent into anomie reminiscent of the horrific inter-ethnic and religious war that marked the violent break-up of the former Yugoslavia”, Kolawole said
“Nigeria cannot afford to take this road to self-destruction, for when the rich make war it is the poor that suffer. We, therefore, appeal to Nigerians to exercise great restraint in the face of the constant provocation and violence perpetrated on other innocent Nigerians by terrorists under the hood of religionists whose aim is, obviously, to precipitate an ethnic cum religious war in the country. We must note that an eye for an eye would only make us all blind.” He added.
The statement called on the federal government to wake up to its primary responsibility protecting the security and welfare of the people as enunciated in section 14 of the 1999 constitution and advised it to take action in the face of the constant attacks on the foundation and wellbeing of our country by taking a cue from countries that have achieved some success in tackling terrorism particularly, the north African country of Algeria, which was able to, largely, defeat the terror posed by Islamist militias in that country despite the seeming moral acceptability of their cause and the pervasiveness of their organisation.
It also called on and also asked traditional, political, community, and religious leaders to assist security agencies in apprehending and bringing to an end, the cankerworm called Boko Haram rather than making incendiary statements that may stoke the embers of the conflict, warning that it will not hesitate to call out its members if the inaction of government continues..
“The government must stop viewing this problem as a regional one and indeed stop lamenting about inheriting the problem. Governments are put in place to solve problems not to join the populace in lamenting about them. We wish to serve notice to the government that we would not hesitate to call out our members starting from our Kaduna zone if government continues by its inaction to imperil the lives and limbs of Nigerians particularly those residing in the northern part of the country.