Nigeria: CPAN Expresses Dismay Over Worsen Insecurity
Community Peace Action Network, CPAN has expressed dismayed over the worsen kidnapping and other insecurity problems Nigerians are facing.
In a communique Issued at the end of it's one day seminar in Kaduna State, CPAN stressed the need for peace in the country and discussed the worsen insecurity challenges and how to find a lasting solution.
The participants in their overview noted that within the month of April 2021, from the angle of the Media and the Community Peace Action Network, the kidnappers resorted to killings of the victims over the delay of paying ransom by either the government or parents.
They called for more action from the government, asking for massive recruitment, recognized civilian joint task force and engaging local hunters in order to strengthen security in the country.
The forum urged some State governor's and other public figures to stop utterances that can easily provoke the kidnappers, resulting to maltreat or even kill victims in their captivity.
They lamented over the proliferation of small and light arms in the hands of civilians, also decried farmers/pastoralists clashes, especially in Benue state and other part of the country.
On the issue concerning the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, the Forum called on Nigerians not to use religious and political sentiment to escalate tension in the country, but allow due process on the matter.
According to the Forum, unemployment in the country among jobless youths contributed to the youth taking active role in heinous crimes.
The Forum observed that if nothing was done about insecurity, Nigeria would be turned into IDPs camps.
CPAN pleaded with the government at both State and national levels on the need to furnish the military with modern equipments in order to actively fight insurgency and banditry in the country.
The group described the information received on the increment in tuition fees in some of the higher Institutions, particularly in Kaduna State as a threat to western education and urged the State government to have a re-think, noting that failure to reconsider such decision would have a setback on the state educational enrollment.
The event, usually organized by the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) on the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) had Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) Coordinators from Kogi, Plateau, Kano, Katsina, Benue under the CIPP program in attendance.