Insurgency: Northern Group Accuses Politicians Of Insensitivity

Insurgency: Northern Group Accuses Politicians Of Insensitivity

By News Desk | The Trent on November 3, 2014
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In a Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011 file photo, onlookers gather around a car destroyed in a blast next to St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria after an explosion ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital Sunday, killing scores of people, officials said. A radical Muslim sect, Boko Haram, claimed the attack and another bombing near a church in the restive city of Jos. (Photo Credit: AP/Sunday Aghaeze)

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), a Northern socio-cultural group has accused Nigeria’s leading political figures of insensitivity as regards the victims of terror attacks in the North Eastern part of the country with their politicking.

Thisday gathered that the group made the assertion via a press statement on Sunday, November 2, 2014, saying that it was bothered that instead of the politicians did not deem it fit to work hand-in-hand to quell the insurgency which has claimed over 13, 000 lives and displaced thousands more, they were busy articulating plans for next year’s general election.

The statement which was signed by the ACF’s spokesman Muhammad Ibrahim condemned spoke on the Friday, October 31, 2014 bomb blast in Gombe, the purported ceasefire deal struck by the Federal Government and the wave of terror attacks in Borno and Adamawa states.

The statement read in parts: “It’s an irony that while Nigerians in the Northeast region are being killed by insurgents and Nigerian territories being seized, our politicians are busy collecting party declaration forms to contest 2015 elections instead of collaborating efforts to contain the insurgency.

“It is really disturbing and worrisome that despite the assurances given by Government that appropriate security measures are being put in place to contain the insurgency including the ceasefire agreement, the situation in the North-east region is deteriorating which needed a decisive action to quell it. Towns like Bama, Gwoza and many others are still under the control of the insurgents despite the emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States,

“Nigerians are becoming skeptical and no longer have confidence in the assurances being given by government officials regarding the security challenges, since the terrorists have continued to unleash mayhem on the people without adequate counter offensive from the military,” the ACF added.

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