- The governor of Niger state has been encouraged to curtail the growing insecurity in the state
- The Arewa Citizens Against Insecurity (ACAI) called on the governor and lawmakers of the state to wake up and face the realities
- According to the youths, working with President Muhammadu Buhari can help end banditry in the state
Youths under the Arewa Citizens Against Insecurity (ACAI) on Friday, February 19, called on the Niger state governor, Sani Bello, to work towards curtailing the growing insecurity in the state.
The call followed the recent kidnap of school children of Government Science College, Kagara, and some others in the state.
In a statement signed by ACAI secretary-general, Hosea Adamu, and seen by Legit.ng, the group said the governor and lawmakers from the state need to wake up and face the realities.
Expressing concerns on the ongoing blame game between the governor and lawmakers from the state, Adamu said proactive steps should be taken to end the activities of bandits in Niger.
He further advised the governor, senators, other lawmakers in the state as well as political office holders to liaise with President Muhammadu Buhari to restore peace and security in Niger.
Adamu said it is important that the government invest in enlightening religious and traditional leaders in the state to harp on the need to prevent their followers and subjects from being facilitators for these terrorist acts.
He urged the governor and other leaders in the state to act fast rather than flood the public domain with irresponsible comments.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Niger governor while giving an update to journalists on the abduction of the Kagara school children said he will not succumb to pressure from bandits.
The governor assured that the Niger state government will not pay ransom to kidnappers for the release of victims who were abducted.
Also, a popular Islamic cleric Sheikh Abubakar Gumi has said that there is hope for the safe release of the abducted Kagara school children.
Gumi said the outcome from his meeting with the bandits in the bush is very positive as he has complaints and grievances which are very simple.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.