By Hassan Haruna Ginsau
Delegates at the national conference on Monday passed a motion denouncing the state of insecurity currently being experienced in the North of Nigeria.
The motion of urgent public importance over the security situation in the North was moved on the floor of the National Conference by Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, a delegate representing the Nigeria Guild of Editors and 19 other delegates, based on Order 7 (1) of the conference guidelines. It was seconded by Mrs Hannatu Ibrahim, a delegate representing Gombe state.
The motion highlighted the escalation in security breaches in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in the last two months, where over 20 villages have been completely razed down and thousands of people killed including school children in spite of the state of emergency which has been in existence for almost one year.
It also touched on the growing insecurity in the North-West, where armed banditry, cattle-rustling and kidnapping of young women more particularly in Zamfara, Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna states are on the rise. Also, in the North-Central, where ethno- religious and herdsmen and farmers conflicts have led to the sacking of several villages, destruction of properties, displacement of people and killing of thousands of people in Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa states.
The Conference noted that Nigerian security forces have put up a lot of efforts to bring the insurgency, armed conflicts and banditry under control, but in spite of these efforts, the situation has continued to escalate and called on the Federal Government to take urgent, drastic and concrete steps to arrest and immediately bring an end to these atrocities.
While also condemning the violence going on in other parts of the country, the conference urged the Federal Government that all necessary measures be put in place to use proportional and non-excessive force to deal with the situation and safeguard the lives, property and well-being of innocent civilian populations in all affected areas.