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Why terrorism and other crimes has remained unabated in the country

Failure in implementation of useful recommendations in reports of various committees and commissions of inquiry on insurgency and similar crimes  by the government, has been attributed to the reasons why the insurgency has remained unabated in the country.

The apex Islamic body in the North, Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has identified this to be the major reason why the sad situation has persisted for long now.

The group argued that if the current unrest the country is battling with could be traced from the beginning, it will be discovered that what lead to all these were failure on the part of the responsible authorities to punish the culprits, thereby encouraging others to commit more crimes in the society with the hopes that the government would appeal to them.

In a communique issued at the end of its special meeting on "the security situation in the country," signed by its Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar, the JNI said: "Useful recommendations in reports of various Committees/Commissions of Inquiry on insurgencies and similar crimes were not implemented leading to culprits being unpunished thereby encouraging others to commit more crimes".

The JNI also identified "the manifest low morale of troops due to inadequate welfare, lack of desired weaponry and failure of Intelligence among other reasons' as factors hindering the fight against insurgency."

Other possible alternatives were also pointed out to the government in the quests of finding sustainable solutions to the menace, like infrastructural development, youth empowerment programs, and stepping up the dialogue options with those that worth it, rather than depending on the use of force alone in all cases, which has so far created more harm than good.

The communique added: "the current security challenges bedeviling the country persist largely as a result of the inability of Government to deploy effective strategies to tackle them.

"For Nigeria to regain and maintain its glory anchored on peace and progress Government must wake up to its fundamental Constitutional responsibility of providing adequate security to the citizens of this country so as to stop the increasing human carnage and destruction of valuable properties". It said.

The meeting also observed "that despite the devastation being caused by the incessant sophisticated bombings evidenced by huge losses of innocent lives and gross destruction of properties, our politicians at all levels and in all political parties regrettably show very scanty or no concern about the national predicament and anguish but are only busy with political campaigns.

"That there is urgent need to deploy necessary Intelligence and Security measures to curtail or possibly stop the illegal importation and proliferation of arms and ammunition that is contributing to the escalation of insurgency and other related criminal activities.

"That the welfare and benefits of our gallant troops and other security personnel who are deceased, wounded or alive and on active service should be appropriately and speedily attended to, in order to bring succor to the bereaved families of the dead and boost the morale of those in service thereby avoiding further desertion and mutiny.

"That Civilian JTFs, Hunters and retired Security Officers, who have gallantly been assisting Nigerian Security Forces in the fight against insurgency, cattle rustling and other crimes should be given all the necessary support and encouragement as their intervention has helped positively in Front line States.

"That Muslims are strongly urged to defend themselves, in appropriate manner against any attack by insurgents and all other acts of violence by criminals, as it is a religious obligation to do so, particularly that government forces currently seem to be incapable.

"That adequate security should be provided in all Mosques, Churches, Schools, Markets, Motor Parks etc., and that people should be extra vigilant in these places as well as give maximum assistance to Security Forces in this regard.

"That the government should as a matter of utmost priority and urgency take all necessary measures to alleviate the sufferings of the Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from mainly Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States as well as other crisis ridden areas to forestall the deterioration of the social and security situation in those States. The Victims' Support Fund should be appropriately and judiciously utilized for this purpose.

"That the Government and its relevant agencies should urgently re-open the Maiduguri International Airport and provide adequate security to facilitate regular flights and not to make it an exclusive reserve of some favoured politicians.

"That Government should be sincere in its fight against corruption, and all agencies saddled with the responsibility of fighting corruption should do so without fear or favor.

"That Muslim Scholars and Muslim Leaders must stand up to their rightful positions of piety and righteousness in order to discharge their obligation of guiding the Ummah (Muslim Community) especially as it pertains to matters of unity, security and safety.

"That all Nigerians should intensify prayers to beseech the Almighty Allah to bring back peace, security and prosperity to Nigeria and that all Nigerians should see the prevailing security challenges as a common menace that needs all hands to contain and most importantly be one another's keeper in sincerity, justice and fairness." It read.

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