NUMW condemns Zamfara attack, rates FG, States low on security

Says ‘death of 200 people a shame on National Security apparatus’
Comr Hamza Mohammed
The President of the Nigeria Union of Mines Workers (NUMW), Comr Hamza Muhammad has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, his Security Chiefs and the Governors of the 36 States of the Federation to put an end to the spate of insecurity in the country, stating that the recent attack in Zamfara which led to the death of nearly two hundred people is a shame on the nation.
Muhammad, who spoke at an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday, said insecurity in the north and parts of the country had also take its toll on the union as some members of the union had suffered kidnap and job losses as a result of insecurity.
‘The Zamfara attack is a national calamity and I am extending my sympathy to the families of all those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident,’ he said, adding that the inability of the Federal and State Governments to work with national security operatives to address security challenges is a shame.
‘Banditry, which started in Maiduguri, Borno State, has extended to Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna States and even some other parts of the north, and this shows that it could spread to other parts of the north and the nation at large,’ he said.
‘My sympathy also go to every Nigerian. As you know, the deaths show that nobody is safe, so we are together in this.’
‘The attacks and the death deeply sadden me. It pains me because it is the duty of government to protect lives and properties, unfortunately the government has not been able to do so.
While saying that the Zamfara attack is another clear reflection of the security laxity, he wondered how ineffective the deployment of aircrafts and military personnel to the region has been, stating that if 200 people could be killed in a region to which aircrafts and personnel had been deployed, the nation is seriously unsafe especially the regions to which such artillery and personnel have not been deployed.
According to Comr Hamza, ‘every responsible Nigerian must rise up to the challenge of safeguarding the nation in line with set rules.’
‘We should not allow inhuman people to continue to operate freely across the country,’ he said.
‘It is unfortunate that the right of the citizen to safety and protection has been grossly violated,’ he added.
Describing the terrible nature of the situation, Comrade Hamza explained that the killings depict the extent to which human beings have lost regard for human lives saying that ‘not even animals would kill for no reason.’
‘Animals have shown to be more humane and kind to themselves, but human being are beginning to show that they have no regard for human lives.
Hamza, who was full of empathy for those who lost their lives, explained that God who permitted man to take animal life set rules by which an animal should be killed for food.
‘The situation is annoying, President Muhammadu Buhari, his ministers and the governors of States must act to prevent any further loss of lives and properties,’ he added.

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