Northern Socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, yesterday described the recent attack in Monguno, Kukawa, Maiduguri and many villages in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states by Boko Haram sect as cruel, barbaric and condemnable saying the sect are cultists.
ACF, in a statement signed by it National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim and made available to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, said with the renewed attack directed on people, especially in the holy month of Ramadan, it showed that the Boko Haram insurgents are cultists in form, character and operation as their claim to be Muslims is untenable.
The ACF, which expressed worry over the series of attacks, further charged the security agencies and the Joint Task Force, JTF to deploy more troops to the affected states to not only repel terrorists attacks but to go after the sect.
According to the statement, “Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF and indeed Nigerians, are worried and disturbed with the recent and frequent attacks on villages and even state capitals of Borno and Yobe by the Boko Haram insurgentsm, leading to the death of hundreds of innocent people.
“The renewed direct attack on the people in Monguno, Kukawa, Maiduguri and many villages in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states is cruel, barbaric and condemnable, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.
“This clearly shows that the Boko Haram insurgents are cultists in form, character and operation as their claim to be Muslims is untenable. Islam enjoins Muslims not to fight during the month of Ramadan, no matter the provocation, talk less of attacking and killing innocent people for no just cause.
“ACF therefore condemns in strong terms these unwarranted killings of people in Monguno, Kukawa and Maiduguri by Boko Haram terrorists and the recent attack on a mosque in Maiduguri on Friday and a church in Potiskum today Sunday by female suicide bombers.
“Equally disturbing is the attack and killing of innocent people in a village of Birnin Magaji LGA of Zamfara state by some unknown gunmen. This is a serious challenge to our military and other security agencies as the spate of attacks is getting vicious and unacceptable.
“The establishment of the Multinational Military Joint Task Force, relocation of Nigerian military operational command base from Abuja to Maiduguri, Presidential visits to Niger and Chad Republics, wooing foreign leaders for support at the G7 and AU Summit meetings were steps taken by President Muhammadu Buhari to combat the terrorist activities in the Northeast region, which were applauded and supported by our neighbouring countries and other international communities.
“The recent collaborative effort of the states of Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara to form a joint security Task Force to combat the insecurity that has bedeviled the zone should urgently be addressed to check the frequent attacks and killing of innocent people in their sleep.
“ACF extends its condolences to the families of the innocent souls killed in the dastardly acts of the terrorists and the people and governments of the affected states,” the statement read.


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