Trace Reporters –The Interfaith Mediation Centre, monthly Forum with Media on Peace Journalism has urged government to ensure that both public and private schools are secured in the state to protect the students and their teachers from the risk of been kidnapped.
The forum further called on Kaduna government to facilitate the safe release of kidnapped Afaka Students of School of forestry Mechanization to ensure they are reunited with their families as soon as possible.
The Interfaith Mediation centre’s Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP), also condemned the call for the Yoruba community to vacate the north by a northern youth group.
In a communiqué signed by the Co- Executive Directors,Rev Dr James Movel Wuye and Shiekh Imam Nurayn Ashafa at the end of the monthly meeting in Kaduna on tuesday, the forum further lamented the surge and poor welfare of IDPs in the state with a call on government to urgently meet the needs of the displaced persons across the various camps.
The interfaith forum called on ” the Kaduna State government to be proactive by providing security in both public and private schools in the State in order to protect the lives of the students and their teachers.”
The forum further urged the ” Kaduna State government to heed the calls by people to negotiate with the kidnappers/bandits that abducted the students of the Federal Forestry Mechanization College Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna State, so as to pave way for the possible release of the abducted students.”
The forum ” observed that there is an urgent need to educate and enlighten the students about basic security tips so that they can protect their lives.”
They also noted that community leaders and parents should also team up with government so as to win the war against kidnapping/banditry in the State.
According to them,” government should engage recognized civilian joint task force in the State and they should be equipped by the security agencies in the State so as to tackle the security challenge in the State.
Pointing out” that unemployment is the major genesis of insecurity in Nigeria, stressing that there is urgent need to empower the people, especially the youth.
”lamenting that informants in the society has done a lot of harm because the kidnappers/bandit’s in executing their evil acts, and urged them to have the fear of God and also to desist from the act.
“In the Forum an overview within the month of March 2021, noted that kidnapping/banditry activities has increased in Birinin Gwari, Giwa, Zangon Kataf local government areas of Kaduna State.”
The media forum again ” decried over the increase of more IDPs across the country, pointing out that, there urgent need for the governments to come to their humanitarian needs, especially as the raining season is fast approaching.
The statement frowned at the purported ” quit notice given to Yoruba tribe by some youths groups in Northern Nigeria, saying that Nigeria belongs to everybody and there is need to live together for the country to progress.”the stressed.
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