The Labour Party on Friday condemned the recent killings of some priests and worshippers of the Catholic Church by suspected herdsmen.
The oarty in statement by signed by its chairman and sent to TheNewsGuru.com said the incessant killings across the country is worrisome and urged the federal government to step up the fight against terrorism in the country.
Read full statement below:
LABOUR PARTY COMMISERATE WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF BENUE STATE
The National Leadership of Labour Party (LP) wishes to commiserate with the Catholic Church, people and Government of Benue State over the slaughter of two Reverend Fathers, a Catechist and 14 others, in Ayer Mbalom, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.
“Labour Party commiserate with the Catholic Church, the people and Government of Benue State over the slaughter of two Reverend Fathers, a Catechist and 14 others.
In a Press Statement signed by the National Chairman of the Party Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, condemned the continued killings of Nigerians across the Federation. The Party expressed worries over the inaction of Law Enforcement Agencies aimed at stopping the carnage. “The number of killings reported daily in the media can only happen in a country where there is complete breakdown of law and order or where there is no government.”
“We are baffled and worried over the inaction of Government especially Law Enforcement Agencies aimed at abating the carnage of Nigerians across the Nation.
“We hereby remind Mr. President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces that the principal purpose of Government is to protect lives and properties.”
According to Abdulsalam a time will come when citizens will rise to defend themselves by taking up Arms since they are not protected by the state.
The statement further called on the Government to evolve proactive and pragmatic measures to abate the killings. Labour Party enjoined the Government to confront poverty, Hunger and unemployment since they are bye product of violent crimes and criminality.
“Consequently; we enjoined Government to evolve a pragmatic and proactive approach to the killings: it is, however, our belief that Government must confront the issues of hunger, poverty and unemployment as they are bye product of violent crimes and criminality.