The National Union of Textiles Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTWN) has stated that the Federal Government cannot claim to have ended Boko Haram insurgency until the Chibok school girls abducted two years ago are found and freed.
Speaking to pressmen on Thursday in Kaduna, at a conference to mark the two years anniversary of the abduction of the girls, the national president of the union, Comrade John Adaji, noted that the abduction of the girls left the country with a big injury yet to be healed.
He said: “We hear good news of how the insurgents have been dislodged by soldiers. Check points have disappeared and we hardly hear of bomb blasts. But we cannot celebrate when our girls kidnapped in Chibok are still missing. To me, insurgency ends when the girls are found.”
Speaking also, the General Secretary, Comrade Issa Aremu, said 17 parents of the victims have reportedly died, following the trauma of their missing daughters.
Aremu, who was represented by his Deputy National Secretary, Comrade Dele Ojo, noted that “those who abducted the 219 girls have criminally kidnapped the communities of future leaders.
“We must join forces with the forces of progress and development worldwide to rescue our beloved girls.”
“Global terrorism is making the world of work more precarious.
“Thousands of workers in Nigeria, France, Belgium, Syria and Iraq have been abducted and killed by terrorists, who see defenceless workers as soft targets.
“The International Labour Organisation (ILO) must, therefore, redouble efforts with other international agencies to rid the world of terror. Social dialogue and negotiated settlements are tested ILO’s mechanisms for resolving social conflicts, not senseless violence in which innocent Chibok girls are victims. Nothing justifies criminal abductions.
“Chibok girls are missing, but they are not forgotten until they are rescued.”