The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has described the death of retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Hamma Misau, representing Association of Retired Police Officers at the on-going National Conference as a great loss in the fight against Boko Haram insurgent.
In a statement made available to our correspondent in Lagos, President TUC, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama described the departure of the 67 year old ex-police officer per excellence as a tragic and colossal loss to the people of Bauchi, his home state, and the country at large.
“ The vast knowledge and experience of Misau would have been very handy at the conference, especially now that the country is facing serious security challenges, with his state being one of those in the eye of the storm. It is no news that the havoc caused by the Boko Haram sect has claimed thousands of lives and property worth billions of naira, a factor that prompted organised labour to applaud the inclusion of security professionals like late Misau in the list of Conference delegates to fashion out modalities for curbing the crisis. Little did we know that he would die without fulfilling this national assignment”, the TUC said.
It charged the other delegates not to be dispirited by Misau’s demise. “A lot is expected from the conference, and it must not be numbered amongst numerous reported failed ones of the past. The delegates owe Nigerians a duty to ensure that issues threatening the peace and unity of the country are done away with once and for all. We must get it right this time. The efforts and resources invested in the conference must not prove to be wasted at the end of the day. Nigerians should no longer have cause to lament over the same issues that have prompted us to jaw jaw. This nation must not fail”, the unon said, adding that Misau died in active service.
“We are made to understand that the man was actually ill prior to the conference but opted to forfeit his rest and comfort in order to contribute his quota towards ensuring our national unity and progress. What exemplary sacrifice for his beloved country! While the nation mourns and pours encomiums on this deceased patriot, the congress wishes to assert that the prime way his departed soul can be appeased is for the conference to be successful. We owe it to him and our other heroes past. We owe it to ourselves”, the statement said.