By A’isha Biola Raji
The umbrella body for northern Muslims, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), has said the current security challenges bedevilling the country persist largely as a result of the inability of the Federal Government to deploy effective strategies to tackle them.
The body, in a statement signed by the Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu Abubakar, and made available to journalists yesterday, stated that the manifest low morale of troops due to inadequate welfare, lack of desired weaponry and failure of Intelligence among other reasons are severely hindering the fight against insurgency.
The meeting, which deliberated on the security challenges in the northern states in particular and the nation in general, was attended by the Deputy President-General and Vice Presidents-General of JNI as well as an array of renowned Muslim scholars, distinguished Muslim leaders and National leaders of major Islamic sects in the Northern states.
The JNI added that despite the devastation being caused by the incessant sophisticated bombings, evidenced by huge losses of innocent lives and gross destruction of properties, our politicians at all levels and in all political parties regrettably show very scanty or no concern about the national predicament and anguish but are only busy with political campaigns.
The meeting observed, among others, ” That the illegal importation of arms, ammunitions and other weapons into the country has assumed a very alarming dimension requiring effective and sustained efforts to contain; That the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Nigerian refugees in neighbouring countries is increasing rapidly at an alarming rate.
The JNI therefore resolved that ” for Nigeria to regain and maintain its glory anchored on peace and progress Government must wake up to its fundamental Constitutional responsibility of providing adequate security to the citizens of this country so as to stop the increasing human carnage and destruction of valuable properties.
The body also said there is urgent need to deploy necessary intelligence and security measures to curtail or possibly stop the illegal importation and proliferation of arms and ammunition that is contributing to the escalation of insurgency and other related criminal activities.
“The provision of security remains the main purpose and duty of government as it is of paramount importance to the survival of any community or nation and a necessary condition for development. Indeed, the primary objective and justification for the existence of any state is the protection of lives and property within its borders”, it stated.
The JNI said special prayers were offered for the restoration of peace, security and prosperity to the Nigerian nation. Likewise, special prayers were offered for the victims of the Kano Central Mosque multiple bomb blasts and for those of many other unfortunate incidents.