Avoid Utterances Capable Of Making Kidnappers Kill Victims, IMC Urges Governors, Public Figures

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Northern Governors at their meeting held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna on March 1, 2018. Photo: BASHIR BELLO DOLLARS

By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna


The Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) has urged some state governors  and other public figures to stop utterances that can easily provoke kidnappers  to maltreat or even kill victims in their captivity. 
It was made known in a communique issued and signed by Pastor Dr. James Wuye and Imam Dr. Muhammad Ashafa, Co-executive Directors at the Monthly Forum with Media on Peace Journalism, in Kaduna.


It lamented the proliferation of small and light arms in the hands of civilians as well as,  decried   farmers/pastoralists  clashes, especially in some Northern states and other part of the country. 

The communique observed that if nothing was done about insecurity, Nigeria will be turned into IDPs camps considering the high increased of more   Widows and Orphans. 

“We expressed dismayed over the worsen kidnapping in the country, especially as the kidnappers has now resorts in killing their victims over the delay of paying ransom by either the government or parents. 


“The government at both state and national level should see the need to povide better military and modern equipments our security agencies so as to drastically continue to fight against the insurgency and banditry in the country. 

“There is need for more action from the government, especially through massive recruitment of recognized civilian joint task force, like the hunters who will assist the security in the fight against insecurity in the country” it stated.


On the issue concerning the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Dr.  Isa Pantami, the cmmunique called on Nigerians not to use it as a religious and political undertone to escalate tension in the country, but to allow due process on the matter.

According to it, unemployment in the country has led to many being recruited most especially among the youth that take active role to perpetrate heinous crime.  


It further appealed to government across the country to help address students and pupils to be given psycho-socio counseling, so as to help address the challenges of the experience faced during their various predicaments.


It also described the information received on the increased in tuition fees in some of the higher Institutions in the country,  particularly in Kaduna State as a threat to western education and urged the State government to have a re-think considering the fact, that failure to do that the state will have a setback on their educational enrollment.

They noted that women play vital role in promoting peaceful coexistence and unity at the family and community levels. The event  which usually  organized by the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) on the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) had Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) Coordinators from Kogi, Plateau,  Kano, Katsina, Benue under the CIPP programme in attendance.

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