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Nigeria not working, hand it over to trusteeship council to avert disaster, Labour writes UN

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
23 September 2022   |   4:00 am
The immediate past Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC) and National Coordinator of All Workers Convergence (AWC), Andrew Emelieze, yesterday, wrote the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), calling on him to ensure that Nigeria is handed over to a trusteeship council.

The immediate past Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC) and National Coordinator of All Workers Convergence (AWC), Andrew Emelieze, yesterday, wrote the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), calling on him to ensure that Nigeria is handed over to a trusteeship council.

In a copy of the letter, which he made available to The Guardian in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Emelieze said the country is not working.

He said the call became necessary to avert a civil war and humanitarian crises awaiting the country.

Emelieze, who channelled the letter through the Director-General, International Labour Congress (ILO), said daily killings in Nigeria were more than the deaths recorded in war-torn countries, adding that most of the killings and disappearances are not reported.

The labour leader lamented that government in Nigeria is helpless and overwhelmed, adding that bloodletting has become a norm in Nigeria and human life no longer matters.

He said the letter is a Save Our Soul (SOS) to the UN for it to act now before it is too late.

The letter reads in part: “We, the Nigerian workers, are worried and we write because of the implications that will befall the workforce and indeed the generality of Nigerians should a major crisis break out in Nigeria. Nigeria is already in a crisis situation. So, what we are trying to avert is the outcome of a major crisis that could snowball into a war situation.

‘’The story of Nigeria has been that of from one crisis to the other. It has always been bad news on a daily basis. Nigeria has become a jungle, people are daily butchered and many more disappeared with no trace. Citizens all over the country are daily faced with terror and horror. Daily killings in Nigeria are more than the deaths recorded in war-torn countries. Most of these killings and disappearances are not reported. Unfortunately, our government in Nigeria is helpless and overwhelmed. Bloodletting is now a norm in Nigeria and human lives no longer matter.

‘’Besides the collapse of infrastructure, human lives are daily threatened and our people are not sure of their next moment.

Perpetual fear has gripped Nigerians and what is now in the lips of the people is, who is next to die? Terrorist has over-run the country, as well as kidnapping, raping and killing people all over the federation. It has been the reign of terror everywhere in Nigeria. Things have fallen apart and the centre cannot hold. All over Nigeria, there are terrorist camps holding Nigerians hostage, collecting tax and levies from people. As a matter of fact, Nigerians are living at the mercy of innumerable terrorist groups.

“The statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) as regards terrorist killings is frightening. These killings include military and paramilitary personnel. The terrorists are getting more and more organised and sophisticated. Every attack they carry out is a massacre.”