Chris Steven, Abuja
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the Monday suicide bomb attacks at the University of Maiduguri which claimed lives of five people including a Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Aliyu Mani, who until his death, was the Director of the University’s Veterinary Hospital.
The Congress in a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday by its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba urged the Nigerian Army to go further by intensifying intelligence noting that the terror gang has regrouped among residents across the country and prepared themselves for soft targets.
“We received the news of the unfortunate suicide bomb attack at the University of Maiduguri in the early hours of this Monday with deep grief as it is coming so soon after the military massive attack on the Sambisa Forest where members of the Boko Haram terrorist group had operated for over seven years.
While we appreciate and commend the Nigerian military and security agencies for the successes achieved so far on the decisive battle against the terrorists, it is important that the security agencies go further by intensifying intelligence as the terror gang has obviously regrouped among residents across the country and prepared themselves for soft targets.
This is as dangerous and frightening as asymmetry warfare is more threatening to lives and property than can be imagined. Nowhere in the country is safe under asymmetry warfare.” Comrade Wabba said
He called on Nigerians across the country to be vigilant stressing that the various Vigilante groups in the North East evidently played commendable roles in the battle against terrorism.
“We urge residents everywhere in the country to be vigilant as the various Vigilante groups in the North East evidently played commendable roles in the battle against terrorism. These groups should be encouraged while every resident should maintain vigilance and watch out for strange objects and suspicious persons who may have mixed up with the populace to unleash mayhem.
We emphasise citizen’s vigilance because it is only the citizens and residents of every community that can clearly identify strange faces.
All parents should advise their children and wards to avoid collecting any item from strange people as it has also become clearer that unsuspecting children are being used by the terrorists to drop bags containing deadly devices in congregations of all types, especially places of worship.
We condole with the families of those who died in the twin suicide attacks as well as the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the University authority and the government of Borno State. We urge government to give all those injured in the attack the best medical care to enable them recover as quickly as possible.” He said