NLC con­demns Turkey coup

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mustapha Suleiman

The Nige­ria Labour Con­gress (NLC) has con­demned the botched mil­i­tary coup in Turkey on Fri­day.

This was con­tained in a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day by the NLC Pres­i­dent Com­rade Ayuba Wabba.

He said the con­gress was against the coup that cost the coun­try over 265 lives (in­clud­ing 161 gov­ern­ment forces and civil­ians) and sub­stan­tial col­lat­eral dam­age.

Wabba said the rea­sons for the putsch, in­clud­ing the need to “re­in­state con­sti­tu­tional or­der, hu­man rights and free­dom, the rule of law and gen­eral se­cu­rity that was dam­aged” not­with­stand­ing, do not war­rant a force­ful takeover of gov­ern­ment with its at­ten­dant loss of hu­man lives.

“While no one can deny him his place in his­tory for re­forms, un­der him there have been gross in­ci­dents of con­sti­tu­tional vi­o­la­tions and hu­man rights as he sought to per­fect his hold on power. Sim­i­larly, Edor­gan got car­ried away, and be­came dis­dain­ful of his own peo­ple. To com­pound his prob­lems, he made avoid­able en­e­mies of neigh­bours he would have been bet­ter off without. The re­newed crack­down on the PKK was the cherry on the cake in his quest for en­e­mies,’’ Wabba said.

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