Se­nior civil ser­vants urge ac­tion against Boko Haram

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mo­hammed Shosanya,La­gos NAN

Fol­low­ing in­crease in at­tacks by sus­pected mem­bers of the Boko Haram sect, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Se­nior Civil Ser­vants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has called on the federal govern­ment to take tougher ac­tions against the group.

ASCSN na­tional pres­i­dent, Com­rade Bob­boi Bala Kaigama and the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, Com­rade Alade Bashir Lawal, said in La­gos yes­ter­day that there is need for all se­cu­rity agencies in the coun­try to in­ten­sify in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing.

“Im­proved in­tel­li­gence sur­veil­lance will as­sist a great deal to un­veil spon­sors of the group so that they and the mur­der­ers who mas­quer­ade as re­li­gious cru­saders can be brought to jus­tice. As we noted in our pre­vi­ous press state­ment on the killing of 30 stu­dents at Federal Govern­ment Col­lege, Bu­niYadi, Yobe State in Fe­bru­ary, this gang of goons can­not claim to be car­ry­ing out any divine doc­trine be­cause no re­li­gion sanc­tions the killing of hu­man be­ings,’’ the group said.

It im­plored the federal govern­ment to rise to the oc­ca­sion by mo­bi­liz­ing the en­tire cit­i­zenry to fight the in­sur­gents.

“This is surely not the time to play pol­i­tics or trade blames but in­stead do the need­ful by fish­ing out per­pe­tra­tors of this das­tardly act,” it said.

The union also called on po­lit­i­cal par­ties, civil so­ci­ety groups, the labour move­ment, prom­i­nent cit­i­zens and re­li­gious lead­ers to unite against Boko Haram in­sur­gents.

“It should be clear to the ter­ror­ists and their prin­ci­pals that no so­ci­ety can im­prove the wel­fare of its cit­i­zens if it is en­meshed in vi­o­lence not to talk of a coun­try like Nigeria where the pop­u­lace is de­nied ba­sic so­cial ameni­ties by the rul­ing elite even when there was peace across the length and breadth of the coun­try,” it added.

PHOTO:

Gover­nor Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed of Kwara (left) with ICAN Pres­i­dent, Al­haji Al­kali Muhammed, dur­ing the 9th North­ern Zonal Districts’ con­fer­ence of the as­so­ci­a­tion in Ilorin yes­ter­day.

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