The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is pleased to hear the news this morning of the release of our Comrades from the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and their driver who were kidnapped last Sunday in Abia State.
We welcome this good news and join families of the victims, who have since the abduction been under tremendous trauma, to celebrate their release. We particularly commend all Nigerians who spoke out vehemently in condemnation of the dastardly act and the inability or incompetence of our security agencies to tame the rising spate of kidnapping and other crimes in our society.

As noted by Congress during its regular meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) in Akure, Ondo State capital last week, Thursday, July 15, 2010, we believe that the increasing rate of kidnapping and other criminal activities is a direct consequence of failure of leadership. Congress is of the strong opinion that our political leadership are too engrossed with issues of power acquisition because of what they stand to personally get out of it to deliver on the responsibilities expected of them. The character of our political leadership at all levels contradicts the logic and philosophy of governance, which essentially are the promotion of human dignity and the protection of core values of society.

We are of the view that though the journalists have been released, the processes of investigation to ensure that the culprits are brought to book must continue. We also wish to restate that the Federal Government which has the exclusive power over security matters immediately put in place a mechanism for ending the booming kidnapping or hostage-taking rackets particularly in the South Eastern part of the country.

Anything short of ending the prevailing tension, regime of fear and general insecurity is totally unacceptable to us at the Nigeria Labour Congress and to majority of Nigerians who have waited in vain for the realisation of the promises of democratic governance since 1999. We urge our leaders to wake up now and take their responsibilities more seriously to restore not only all sense of decorum and the hope of our people but as well our dignity and honour.
 
Onah Iduh
Acting Head of Information

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