A group, the Unified Nigerian Youth Forum, UNYF, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to take proactive measures towards bringing an end to the incessant killings and destruction of property in Benue State and other parts of the country.
The forum enjoined Buhari to, in the alternative, declare a state of emergency with immediate effect in Zamfara and Benue states in response to the incessant killings and destruction of property that has been going on unabated.
President of UNYF, Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem, noted, in a statement made available to newsmen Thursday that, “For the past two weeks, almost on a daily basis, villages and towns around Zamfara, Benue, Plateau and Kaduna States get raided by armed bandit of sort who maim and kill hundreds of our fellow citizens.
“The faceless bandits have turned Zamfara, Benue, Plateau and Kaduna states into a theater of human abattoir, where human being are senseless and cowardly killed like animals with nonstop tactical operation module. The chief executive officers of the said states seem to have no idea of what to do and how best to do it on the continuous killing of the people under their care.
“In the last 30 days, we have lost more than a 100 unarmed citizens to the said armed terrorists.
Our government at all levels cannot be everywhere, we call on all stakeholders to support the efforts of government either by encouraging our security operatives with useful information of strange group of persons within their communities.
“Our fellow youths in Benue, Zamfara, Plateau, Kaduna States and other parts of the country should not allow themselves to be used by desperate politicians (conflict entrepreneurs) on the present security situation we found ourselves as a nation.
“We appealed to the entire citizenry of this great nation to join us as we declare a seven day fasting and prayer for our leaders and the nation in general.
“The fasting and prayers will start on Friday 27th April and end on the 4th of May with special joint prayers session for both faith in National Youth council of Nigeria (NYCN) Secretariat (youth house) Abuja, on the 4th by 10am prompt.”