Nigeria oil workers threaten strike over insecurity
As the Islamic sect Boko Haram continues to carry out unbridled attacks in northern Nigeria, the country’s White-collar oil workers have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the federal government fails to stem the rising violence. The threat came as violence continues in northern Kaduna state, where Sunday’s suicide bombing of three churches and the reprisal attacks from Christians have left over 70 dead and forced the state government to put the state under a 24-hour curfew.
Spokesman for the umbrella Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Mr. Deji Kolawole, issued the threat in a statement, the local media reported Thursday. “We wish to serve notice to the government that we would not hesitate to call out our members, starting from our Kaduna zone, if government continues by its inaction to imperil the lives and limbs of Nigerians, particularly those residing in the northern part of the country,’ the statement said.
Sporadic clashes continued in Kaduna Wednesday, despite the curfew. There is also tenuous peace in Yobe state, where an attack on Monday by over 100 suspected Boko Haram members left 40 dead, including four policemen and two soldiers.