Oil workers under the auspices of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have warned politicians in the country to stop heating up the polity but concentrate on issues that can bring development to Nigeria and improve the welfare of the people.
The workers also condemned recent spilling of blood and attacks on security personnel in Bayelsa State; Bama, Borno State; Assakyo Village, Nasarawa State; and Benue state; describing the killings as acts of revolt against the Nigeria state.
They charged the Federal Government, especially the service chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Director of the Department of the State Security (DSS) to ensure that perpetrators of the evil killings are brought to book.
Speaking against the backdrop of all the political intrigues in the country, PENGASSAN President, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, called on the politicians to let their discussions be people and development driven rather than witch hunting and campaign of calumny.
Comrade Ogun said the recent wrangling among politicians is not necessary and charged the politicians to channel their efforts and strength towards developmental projects and ending criminal attacks and other insecurity issues that are threatening the survival of the Nigeria entity.
He said that the politicians should not let the labour of those that fought for the emancipation and freedom of Nigeria from the Nigeria be in vain through the inflammatory statements and inciting comments.
“The recent attacks and counter attacks by various political parties and groups in the country cannot help us to achieve anything. I believe by now the government needs to identify issues that require urgent attention instead of dissipating its energy on unnecessarily dwelling on issues that can be trashed out in house among the parties.
“The attitude of the politicians is further causing disaffection and disunity among Nigerians and threatens the survival of Nigeria as an indivisible one entity, instead of fostering unity and diversity among the people,” he stated.
While advising President Goodluck Jonathan not to distracted by unnecessary issues and comments, especially the 2015 general elections, the union president called on Mr. President to be more focussed and determined to end killing of innocent Nigerians by religious insurgents and terrorists, as well as kidnapping in the country.
“President Jonathan should caution his aids over political inflammatory statements and the oppositions should also learn to be objective in their comments and stop inciting statements that can engulf and consume the Nigeria state.
“Security issue and other developmental issues such as job creation, tackling corruption at all level of governance, improvement of welfare for the citizenry should be paramount in the mind of all, especially political leaders like president, special advisers and aids, ministers, governors, lawmakers at both National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly, commissioners and all political advisers to the governors,” he said.