The National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations, NACOMYO, has called on the people that are politicising the country’s insecurity to desist from doing so in the interest of national unity and cohesion.
NACOMYO’s President, Sani Suleiman Maigoro, who made the appeal in Plateau state, stated that it was so saddening the way some people turned kidnapping and the insecurity situation in the Northeast as mere political talking points.
According to him, these insecurities needed to be seen as a national challenge, not political cheap points.
Mr Maigoro, therefore, advised Nigerians not to discourage the gigantic efforts of our military and all other security forces in the fight against insurgency and kidnapping.
“Government must also not relent in its welfare on the officers and men of the security personnel who are risking their lives in the fight against the insurgents and kidnappers. It must also ensure that they have the necessary and adequate weapons and equipment to engage in the fight,” Mr Maigoro stressed.
NACOMYO’s president also called on the Nigerian military and other security forces to be more pro-active, not reactive, in the fight against banditry and kidnapping in Zamfara state as well as Boko Haram in the North East.
According to him, kidnapping and killing people at will would never be acceptable.
He said: “What we see most of the time is a reaction from the security agencies, NACOMYO is strongly calling that our combined security agencies must reach to these criminals wherever they are, take the fight to them, not until they perpetrate the evil.”
He further commended the federal government and the military for the achievement so far recorded, however, adding that: “We must not be carried away by the successes recorded and to relent in efforts.”
Mr Maigoro, therefore, urged the federal government to also ensure the softer alternative approach to the violent extremism, by engaging the youth through job creation and other vocational opportunities.
“I must commend the federal government’s efforts on agriculture, mining and other social support and interventions. But we want to also see the state governments investing states’ resources to youth empowerments,” he added.