The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has decried the growing insecurity in the North as insurgency by Boko Haram and armed attacks by herdsmen threaten 17 of the 19 states in the region.
The ACF noted in a statement issued on Wednesday that the attacks had led to the death of thousands of innocent citizens as well as loss of property worth billions of Naira.
The ACF statement signed by National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, named Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kaduna among other states under siege Boko Haram terrorists and herdsmen.
The group backed the the military operations to repel the insurgents in the region and urged the Federal Government to sustain the tempo.
The group said it noted the recent heavy deployment of troops and other security agencies in the North-East zone particularly, the Sambisa Forest in Borno State as well as other states like Benue, Kaduna, Plateau and Nasarawa to neutralize the enclaves of insurgents and criminal gangs and said it had brought reassurance.
Wednesday’s statement read in part: “According to the Military High Command, as reported in the newspapers, the renewed synergy and cordial relationship among the armed forces coupled with their high morale, troops have recorded some successes in neutralizing the insurgency.
“ACF, therefore, commends the effort, the renewed vigour and resilience of the security agencies in tackling the menace of the insurgents and gunmen and equally calls on them to sustain the onslaught.
“The spate of killings in the northern states of Nigeria by gunmen and insurgents have continued to pose serious security challenges to the nation’s security agencies. The daily attack on villages and communities by unknown gunmen and insurgents in most states of the north is barbaric, worrisome and unacceptable.
“Reports in the last one month have shown that 17 states of the northern region have witnessed persistent attacks by gunmen, insurgents and suspected herdsmen on innocent people leading to huge loss of lives, destruction of property and displacement of persons.
“ACF also calls on the nation’s intelligence communities and security agencies to reconsider and strengthen their strategy and approach on this national malaise. The communities must also get involved in intelligence gathering and alert the security,” it added.