ACF com­mends mil­i­tary on Boko Haram

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From An­drew Agbese, Kaduna

The Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) of Arewa Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum (ACF) yes­ter­day de­scribed the ef­fort of the mil­i­tary and other se­cu­rity agen­cies to end the Boko Haram in­sur­gency in the North-east as com­mend­able.

The ACF urged the mil­i­tary to not only sub­due the in­sur­gents but sta­tion the sol­diers in the ar­eas cap­tured and sus­tain a per­ma­nent sur­veil­lance that will re­as­sure the peo­ple of their safety.

The fo­rum how­ever said it is sad­dened by the re­cent sui­cide bomb at­tacks on in­no­cent Mus­lim faith­ful dur­ing their evening and morn­ing prayers in Maiduguri and Yola in Borno and Adamawa states re­spec­tively, where about 75 peo­ple were killed and many in­jured.

“This wicked at­tack on soft tar­gets us­ing in­no­cent fe­male sui­cide bombers by the Boko Haram ter­ror­ists is most un­for­tu­nate and wor­ri­some,” it stated in a com­mu­nique at the end of its meet­ing in Kaduna.

The fo­rum said it is pleased with the stake­hold­ers meet­ing em­barked upon by the Borno State gov­ern­ment where reli­gious and tra­di­tional lead­ers in­clud­ing se­cu­rity agen­cies dis­cussed com­mu­nity polic­ing that will make the peo­ple to be more vig­i­lant and se­cu­rity con­scious.

It said, “ACF urges the Borno State gov­ern­ment to sus­tain this laud­able se­cu­rity ad­vo­cacy and also pro­vide nec­es­sary equip­ment, lo­gis­tics and train­ing to en­able the com­mu­nity in con­junc­tion with the se­cu­rity agen­cies pro­tect them­selves against fre­quent at­tack by sui­cide bombers. ACF also calls upon other states to em­u­late this type of stake­hold­ers meet­ing in­volv­ing reli­gious and tra­di­tional lead­ers in or­der to en­hance and sus­tain com­mu­nity polic­ing.”

The meet­ing

also com­mended the visit of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion led by the Sec­re­tary to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Mr. Babachir David Lawal to Yola and Maiduguri to com­mis­er­ate with the vic­tims and the state gov­ern­ments over the at­tacks.

It added: “ACF wel­comes the flag-off of the in­ter­ven­tion pro­gram of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment through its Pres­i­den­tial Ini­tia­tive for the North­east (PINE), the Vic­tim Sup­port Fund (VSF) and the Save Schools Ini­tia­tive (SSI) by the Vice-Pres­i­dent Prof. Yemi Os­in­bajo in Maiduguri with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of multi- stake­hold­ers en­gaged in hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vices to the vic­tims of Boko Haram in­sur­gency in the North­east. We ap­peal to the im­ple­menters of the mar­shal plan on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­con­struc­tion of the de­stroyed ar­eas of the re­gion to em­ploy pru­dence, dili­gence and prompt­ness in the ex­e­cu­tion of the pro­gram”.

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