Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has called on the military not to only subdue the activities of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents but station the soldiers and sustain permanent surveillance in the areas captured from the insurgent sect to ensure that such areas were totally recovered from the group and also for the safety of the people.
ACF in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, after its National Working Committee, NWC, meeting yesterday, commended the flag-off of the intervention programme 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, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in Maiduguri to ensure victims return to their homes.
It also noted with satisfaction the effort of the military and other security agencies in their determination to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, particularly the persistent onslaught on the enclaves of the terrorists.
“However, ACF is pleased with the stakeholders meeting embarked upon by the Borno State government where religious and traditional leaders, including security agencies, partner to discuss community policing that will make the people to be more vigilant and security conscious.
“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 the frequent attack by suicide bombers.
“The meeting also commends the prompt 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 these barbaric and unwarranted attacks on innocent worshipers by the suicide bombers.
“ACF considers the visit not only reassuring to the victims and the states government but also shows the federal government’s concern to the welfare and security of the citizenry.
“The Security Joint Task Force formed by the state governments of Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Jigawa and Niger to tackle the issue of cattle rustlers have started to yield results with the recovery of many stolen cattle and the arrest of suspected cattle rustlers.
“ACF is happy with this development as it had consistently advocated for this joint task force to tackle the menace of these cattle thieves who not only steal but in most cases kill the herders. ACF appeals to the concerned states to sustain the operation of the Security Joint Task Force by regular funding.
“The meeting which was also attended by other northern groups also reaffirmed its commitment to the unity and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians irrespective of their cultural, religious and other persuasions in order to consolidate our political, social and economic development.
“The National Working Committee, NWC, of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, meeting was presided over by the secretary-general, Col JIP Ubah (rtd) who stood in for the National Executive Council chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie,” the statement read.


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