By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organization, Gamji Global Network Forum, has blamed the Nigerian Government for not doing enough to stop the prevailing trend of insecurity bedeviling the country.
National President of the forum, Alhaji Tukur Umar ATK, made the assertion in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday.
Giving support to Nigeria’s former military Head-of-State, late General Sani Abacha’s comment that whenever insecurity lasted too long, the government knows and has a hand in it; ATK therefore said government should be blamed and checked for any insecurity in the country that has taken so long.
“Two days ago, we were attacked coming from Zaria to Kaduna – one of the major roads in the north. People are being attacked here and there. How long do you think this things will continue?” He asked.
The Gamji boss wanted to know what the government is doing to stem the tide of insecurity in the country, saying “There are Barracks, and security on the roads who are being paid, yet our lives are in danger.
“You see a town or villages being attacked for more than seven hours but nobody to rescue those masses. Bandits are seen riding on motorcycles in their hundredths and government is not saying anything,” he lamented.
He said Nigerians were asked to register their SIM cards with NIN so as to track down scrupulous elements in the country, but kidnappers has been using phones to negotiate and they could not be tracked, so I don’t think registering cards is really working.
“The masses of this country are becoming helpless and no one to help them. Our lives are no longer save in a country where we voted to see peace and development,” he said.
Speaking on Twitter ban in Nigeria, ATK said, “People are focusing on the ban on the used of Twitter in the country, while there are pressing issues like banditry, kidnappings among others.”
He called on government to engage the grassroots, traditional and religious leaders, youth, and other stakeholders in the 774 local government areas, and Wards in the country as the fight against insecurity cannot be done by government alone.
“It is our sincere hope and prayer that in a short while, these criminal activities that are alien to our society will drastically reduced to the barest minimum or completely wiped out by the grace of God Almighty,” he said.