The pan-northern socio-political organization, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State have condemned the attacks on Sanga Local Government Area residents and the attack on a Federal College of Education in Kano State.
The ACF called on Boko Haram insurgents to surrender and embrace peace, as ordinary Nigerians who fall victims of their attacks do not understand their grievances.
ACF and Yero, in their separate statements, said the two attacks were orchestrated by enemies of peace and aimed at truncating the stable atmosphere in the two states.
According to Yero, in the statement signed by his media aide, Mallam Ahmed Maiyaki, “the attackers were clearly out to create tension in the state with selfish and dangerous aim”. He pleaded with such unscrupulous elements and their sponsors to stop killing innocent and defenseless citizens.
The governor said: “It is sad and unfortunate that some devious characters from within Kaduna State are conniving with unpatriotic elements from outside to unleash unwarranted mayhem on communities that were hitherto less vulnerable to attacks.
“This spate of attacks is strange to Sanga Local Government, which is known to be one of the most peaceful parts of Kaduna State, in spite of years of ethnic and religious diversity of its people. We therefore condemn this calculated move by enemies of Kaduna State to expand their axis of terror to Sanga”.
The governor pleaded with Sanga Local Government Area residents to remain calm as security agencies have already been directed to begin operations aimed at restoring law and order in the area. “Investigation is on to apprehend those behind the attack”, he said.
ACF National Publicity Secretary of Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, in a telephone interview, described the two attacks as “most unfortunate”.
He said: “ACF will continue to call on the insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace peace, because ordinary Nigerians who fall victim of their attacks do not understand the grievances or reasons for the attacks.
“We call on the security to be more vigilant and the communities to also assist the security agencies with relevant information that will further help to address the security challenges.
“These attacks are coming when schools are just about to resume; this really calls for concern and proactive measures by the government”.