The pan northern socio-political organization, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Tuesday appealed to perpetrators of violence in the country to avail themselves of the offer of dialogue by the Federal Government and give peace a chance in the overall interest of all.
ACF was speaking on the heels of Monday’s explosion in Kano which claimed about 12 lives according to the military JTF spokesman in the northern state, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, ACF commiserated with the government and people of Kano, the wounded as well as those who lost their loved ones and properties.
The statement reads: “the ACF is shocked and sad over the reports of four bomb explosions which killed and wounded many people on Monday in Kano.
“The killing of innocent people had no place in all religions and in decent societies; and amounts to desecration of the month of Ramadan. They should, therefore, be condemned by all those who cherish core values of peaceful societies like freedom, justice and common decency.
“It is still the considered opinion of ACF that violence can never resolve any perceived grievances, besides inflicting pains and self-immolation and destruction of innocent people.
“Only constructive engagement can address concerns positively. Many examples abound across the world that supports this contention. That is why ACF would not be tired of asking perpetrators of violence to avail themselves the offer of dialogue by the government for the good of all.
“This is because there is no alternative to peaceful coexistence needed for the socio economic development of this large country that holds a lot of promises to generations to come. Let us give peace a chance.
“Our heart goes to the government and people of Kano State, is with those who lost their loved ones, is with those who have been wounded and is with those who lost properties.”