By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Association of Arewa Yoruba Youth (AAYY), has expressed concern with the insecurity in the country and particularly in the Northern region, calling on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to take proactive measures to curb the situation.
The association noted, “The security challenges in Northern Nigeria has indeed become a thing of great concern to all. This has resulted to killings, kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and so many social vices that have become the order of the day.
“Killings of all kinds and kidnapping for ransoms have also taken a greater proportion resulting to the loss of lives and property of unimaginable magnitude destroyed thereby causing great setbacks to the people in all spheres of life.
“The activities of banditry in the North especially the North-west has also caused a serious security challenge living government and stakeholders with the problem of how to tackle the issues confronting the region and the country as a whole.”
The chairman of the Association of Arewa Yoruba Youth, Abuja Chapter, Engr. Abiola Abdulsalam, in a statement on the increased security challenges in the region said that concerned citizens have also learned their voices as to how best insecurity could be confronted with the called of relieving the service Chiefs of their appointments and ensure fresh brains take over with a view of giving better approach of tackling the issue headlong but to no avail.
He observed, “The Northern Elders Forum through Professor Ango Abdullahi and Dr. Hakeem Baba Baba Ahmed had in various statements called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to take proactive measures towards arresting the insecurity bedevidelling the region and the country.
“They have called for the removal of the Service Chiefs and have new hands take over their place for a more improved security networking to guarantee the safety of lives and properties.”
Following the security challenges, the association said there is the need to restructure Nigeria and pave way for community policing and reducing the items on the exclusive legislative list by giving more powers to the states to ensure sustainable peace and effective governance has been emphasized.
The Association of Arewa Yoruba Youth (AAYY), also urged Northerners to come together in order to boost and cement unity as well as to identify lasting solutions to most of the challenges of insecurity affecting the region.
Association of Arewa Yoruba Youth (AAYY) through its Chairman Abuja Chapter, Engr Abiola Abdulsalam also called on government to increase security personnel through recruitment of more consistent with sustainable sources of funding and equipment, especially the Nigerian Police.
The association noted that there is the need to inject new ideas to arrest the worsening security situation and uphold the reflection of national diversity in the appointment of new service chiefs.
The statement observed that the political leaders of Northern extraction need to engage in mentoring programmes which they hardly do and the business leaders are also encouraged to do more in terms of mentoring and youth skills empowerment programmes.
The youths also urged the Northern Governors to create a developmental synergy among themselves on agriculture, energy and industrialization by adopting a common development plan for the region.
They urged the IGP to lift the ban on owning fire arms, review the requirements and allow responsible Nigerians and communities the right to apply for fire arms to protect themselves.
Association of Arewa Yoruba Youth further condemned the kidnapping of students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State and urged the state and federal governments to rescue the students in no time and avoid a repeat of the Chibok Girls who became pawns on the chess of political games.
It condemned the disruption by alleged thugs during the peace summit organized by the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, in Kaduna aimed at bringing stakeholders, government officials and retired security officers to synergize towards harmonizing their views on how best the issue of insecurity could be tackle in the region and the country as a whole.
It alleged armed thugs invaded Arewa House, venue of the programme inflicting injuries on participants and destroying properties thereby disrupting the progress of the meeting.
The North, according to the statement, has of late become a battleground for all kinds of social vices, thereby, disrupting the good intention of government to ensure the provision of social amenities that would aid speedy development in the region and country.
The statement explained that the Northern Elders Forum, Southern and Middle Belt Forum, Coalition of Northern Groups, among many others in the north have learned their voices calling on the government of the day for restructuring of the country for governance and ensure the security of lives and properties.
With the recent surge in the activities of kidnapping and bandits in most parts of the country especially in the North, it observed that many residents have to relocate to safer places making some to vacate their permanent residence to renting where they feel more secured.
The statement noted that the situation in the North has led to many calling on the heads of Northern leaders to give way to more qualified and people who have the political will to move the country in all spheres of life come 2023 general elections.