The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has expressed fear that the country might be drifting towards serious spate of violent conflicts, insecurity and destruction if the security breeches bedevilling the country are not addressed proactively.
Addressing the Press in Kaduna yesterday, the Secretary General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said, it is becoming increasingly glaring that the country, especially the north, is drifting towards violent conflicts and destruction.
It said: “While almost the entire North East is engulfed by recurrent killings and bombings in the name of the supposed Boko Haram, in Birnin Gwari (Kaduna State), some parts of Zamfara, Kebbi and other parts of the North West, the killings are perpetrated by unidentified criminals.
“In Benue State, it is Tiv/Fulani conflict which has long been hijacked by terrorists and political criminals, while in Nasarawa State, it is Ombatse, and few days ago various attacks were reported in Kaduna, Taraba and the most recent Giwa barracks attack, in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“As if all these are not enough, now the insecurity has taken a new and equally very dangerous dimension in Katsina State (Faskari), where the hitherto united Hausa and Fulani are being set against each other. This is despite the long warning about the possibility of the said clash. We could also not forget the Buni Yadi massacre which so far is the most terrible and traumatizing inhumanity displayed in our recent history.”
The JNI observed that while initially the killings were carried out at reasonable intervals, the situation had worsened to the level that killings and destruction of property had become almost a daily occurrence, and while lives were lost in tens, now deaths are counted in hundreds and even thousands, with wide ranging consequences.
It lamented that in the north today, police stations and military barracks which are supposed to be the most secured places have become vulnerable to all sorts of attacks, and this has eroded the people’s confidence in the ability of the security agencies to protect them.
He called on all Nigerians to continue to pray fervently towards ensuring peace and stability in the country.
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