ACF seeks probe of Nyako’s claims

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna

The Arewa Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum (ACF) Mon­day ex­pressed con­cerns over by a let­ter by Adamawa State Gover­nor Mur­tala Nyako in which he ac­cused the federal govern­ment of in­com­pe­tence in tack­ling in­sur­gency.

The gover­nor, in a let­ter dated April 16, 2014, to his col­leagues ac­cused the federal govern­ment of geno­cide against north­ern­ers. He al­leged that the govern­ment’s fail­ure to ar­rest “the mind­less slaugh­ter and in­dis­crim­i­nate blood­let­ting by the Boko Haram in­sur­gents and other ter­ror­ist groups is a clear and sys­tem­atic plot to de­stroy the north­ern pop­u­la­tion for par­ti­san po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage”.

Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the fo­rum, Mo­hammed Ibrahim, said: “ACF calls on the federal govern­ment to ur­gently in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions made by Gover­nor Nyako, as it con­cerns the sup­port be­ing en­joyed by in­sur­gents from people within and out­side Nigeria in or­der to get to the root of this in­se­cu­rity rav­aging the North.”

The fo­rum, which ex­pressed its sup­port for Nyako’s let­ter, added that it had ear­lier called on the govern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate the source of funds, arms and am­mu­ni­tion the in­sur­gents use.

“There­fore, Gover­nor Nyako, be­ing a vic­tim of the calamity that has af­flicted the North­ern states is only ex­press­ing the frus­tra­tions of vic­tims,” the group said.

It lamented that in spite of the plea to equip se­cu­rity forces to ap­pro­pri­ately tackle in­sur­gency, govern­ment has not done much.

“The mea­sures em­ployed by govern­ment, in­clud­ing a state of emer­gency have not yielded the de­sired re­sult, hence the in­ces­sant at­tacks and kid­nap­ping of in­no­cent people by in­sur­gents,” the group added.

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