The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to double his efforts at ensuring the safety of lives and properties of Nigerians since that is his government’s primary responsibility as enshrined in the constitution.
The group said that it is time for the government and the president to match his promises of ending armed banditry, kidnapping and other such crimes threatening the country with action.
AYCF made the call on Sunday in a statement issued and signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, while reacting to the murder of Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the leader of the Afenifere, PA Reuben Fasoranti.
While commiserating with Fasoranti, the group added that it was not enough for the president to always promise to end insecurity.
AYCF added “The primary responsibility of a government is the preservation of lives and properties. Nigerians cannot continue to be killed with the government seemingly not making enough effort to curb armed banditry. It is now unfortunate that no Nigerian is safe in his own land. Travelling is now worse than a nightmare with the way lives are wasted daily on the road by bandits who also kidnap citizens at will,”
Yerima called for the urgent arrest and prosecution of the alleged bandits that snuffed life out of Mrs Olakunrin as well as their prosecution.
While insisting on the need for national unity, Arewa Youths said no part of the country should be seen as more equal than others and as such, no crime should have any ethnic coloration.
The statement concluded “No ethnic group or part of the country is immune of criminal elements and perpetrators of crime. What we should all insist on is that government must play its part to ensure our general safety. We should always remind the government that Section. 14 (2B) of the constitution states that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”