Con­fer­ence con­demns Abuja blast, ad­journs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - Akhabue Felix (left) with Bar­ris­ter Alkia Anthony at the con­fer­ence yes­ter­day. By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

The Na­tional Con­fer­ence yes­ter­day con­demned the bomb blast in Abuja and asked the federal govern­ment to take ur­gent and dras­tic mea­sures to bring an end to these atroc­i­ties.

Af­ter they re­con­vened yes­ter­day, the del­e­gates adopted a mo­tion spon­sored by a del­e­gate from the Nige­rian Guild of Ed­i­tors, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu and 19 oth­ers over the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try.

The mo­tion reads in part: “whereas the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try has been de­te­ri­o­rat­ing in the last 5-6 years.

“Whereas the pre­pon­der­ance of the se­cu­rity breaches has been in the north al­though se­cu­rity is a na­tional is­sue.

“Whereas in the last two months the se­cu­rity breaches have es­ca­lated in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states where over 20 vil­lages have been com­pletely razed down and thou­sands of people killed in­clud­ing school chil­dren in spite of emer­gency rule which has been in ex­is­tence for al­most one year.

“Whereas in the north east the prob­lem is Boko Haram, in the north west, it is armed ban­ditry, cat­tle rustling and kid­nap­ping of young women more par­tic­u­larly in Zam­fara, Ji­gawa, Katsina and Kaduna states.

“Whereas in the north cen­tral, we have eth­nore­li­gious and herds­men and farm­ers con­flicts which have led to the sack­ing of sev­eral vil­lages, de­struc­tion of prop­er­ties, dis­place­ment of people and killing of thou­sands of people in Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa states.

The con­fer­ence also adopted all the prayers con­tained in the mo­tion which in­cluded con­dem­na­tion of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the per­pe­tra­tors of the heinous crimes.

“That the Con­fer­ence is con­cerned about the con­tin­u­ous de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion and calls upon the federal govern­ment to take ur­gent, dras­tic ac­tion and con­crete steps to ar­rest and im­me­di­ately bring an end to these atroc­i­ties.

“That all nec­es­sary mea­sures be put in place to use pro­por­tional and nonex­ces­sive force to deal with the sit­u­a­tion and safe­guard the life, property and well-be­ing of in­no­cent civil­ian pop­u­la­tion in all ar­eas af­fected.

“In par­tic­u­lar, the federal govern­ment and other stake­hold­ers should com­mence the im­me­di­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion of all ac­tion­able rec­om­men­da­tions made to it by var­i­ous com­mit­tees such as the Gaji Gal­ti­mari, Kabiru T. Tu­raki, Borno/Yobe Elders, etc.

“That the federal govern­ment should im­me­di­ately com­mence a process of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­con­struc­tion of the af­fected ar­eas.”

The mo­tion was sec­onded by Han­natu Ibrahim. The ple­nary also ob­served a one­minute si­lence for the blast vic­tims.

Mean­while, the con­fer­ence would re­con­vene to­day by 4pm for the an­nounce­ment of com­mit­tee mem­ber­ship and lead­er­ship. The chair­man Jus­tice Idris Kutigi apol­o­gized that al­though a lot of work has been done into the com­pi­la­tion of com­mit­tee mem­ber­ship, there were still some more work to be done be­fore the list would be made pub­lic.

PHOTO: FRAN­CIS OKEKE

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