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Opposition pays condolences to stampede victims' families

19 March 2014, 22:43

Abuja - The National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has sympathized with the families of the people who died during the last Saturday job test the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) organised.

“We also extend our sympathy and prayers to those who were injured in the stampede, and wish them a speedy recovery. The needless deaths of our youth, which resulted from a combination of exploitation, corruption, greed and incompetence of the relevant authorities, represent a needless violation of their right to life and dignity.

Out of sheer greed, N1 000 each was collected from the over 770 000 unemployed applicants shortlisted. The Jonathan led PDP government therefore fleeced unemployed youth and their parents of Seven hundred and seventy six million naira (N770 million naira) using a consultant as conduit. Even then, the available vacancies of about 4 500 have already been filled through the back door by over 3 000 candidates of PDP Apparatchik and government officials” the party stated in a communiqué signed by Lai Mohammed Interim National Publicity Secretary.

The party added that pervasive corruption and incompetence that have become the hallmarks of the Jonathan administration paved the way for the unprecedented greed in which hapless job seekers were extorted by the same government that had failed to provide jobs for them.

“This government has no social security or any form of safety net for the vulnerable army of the unemployed. It should be made clear that this government encourages and baby sits corruption stealing not only from the Pension fund of Nigerian citizens, but also from the unemployed and from our collective patrimony, the NNPC.”

The party therefore called for an investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the deaths of those innocent Nigerians, to find out who authorized the fleecing of job seekers by a government agency, what happened to the money realized from the heist and why the relevant officials did not ensure a better arrangement that could have saved precious lives.

“The job stampede deaths constitute the latest in a series of events that have turned Nigeria into a massive killing field in recent times. The orgy of killings in the past few weeks have left hundreds dead and many more maimed in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Kaduna, Katsina and Plateau, just to mention a few. Never in the peace time history of our dear country has there been such a high number of needless deaths.”

– CAJ News

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