By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The leadership of Unified Nigerian Youth Forum, (UNYF), has condemned in strong terms the spate of insecurity in the south Eastern part of the country.
Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem, President of the forum in a statement expressed concern that the South Eastern region has of recent witnessed all sorts of insecurity, a development he said is not good for the peaceful coexistence of the people.
The forum noted that about 48 people, including 4 policemen were killed in eight states between Friday last week and early Sunday morning, stressing that eight states cutting across four of the six geopolitical zones recorded attacks within three days is emblematic of how widespread insecurity is in Nigeria, besides those kidnapped across the six zones within the same period.
The forum observed that South Eastern region has been engulfed with serious insecurity activities, pointing out that most of the attacks are been carried out by some unknown gunmen with the support of the faceless Eastern Security Network.
According to the forum Police stations and INEC office were burnt down for no tangible reason, stressing that such attacks are not the first in recent time in the region.
It lamented the spate of attacks in Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Abia states in recent times and called for serious concerns by all and sundry in view of their peculiar history, political orientation and the dynamics of the federation.
The forum noted that the burning of private and public properties in the region and other untoward acts in the region have thrown up the greater need for all Nigerians to be more proactive on issue of common interests, saying that without security, there would not be peace, no investor’s (foreign & local) and the life of human beings will be very poor, short and brutal.
The forum called on all leaders of thought from within and outside the region to meet and sincerely discuss, think hard and act firmly on the current happenings in the region and the entire country with a view of ensuring peace and unity.
It noted that burning of police stations, INEC offices and other property should not continue but a way out through dialogue in order to ensure sanity in the society.
The forum noted that the loss of lives and destruction of property in parts of the country is not a good omen, stressing that there is the need for Nigerians in every part of the country embrace each others with the desire to live in peace with one another.
It said that the continues attacks on Correctional centers, police facilities and the destruction of INEC offices in the region can never be of help to them, they should rather engage their elected representative at both state and National Assembly level, religious and traditional leaders and the governor’s of there respective states to constructively advise on issues of interest.
The forum called on the Federal Government and all security agencies to look into the remote and immidiate curses of the current security challenges in the region and help find a lasting solution to it.
It noted that federal government should come to the aid of the innocent citizens of the the region to safeguard their lives and properties.