The apex-northern socio-cultural group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has asked the Federal Government to declare a total war on the Boko Haram sect.
The ACF said that if need be, the Federal Government should recall trained and retired members of the armed forces and other security agencies to execute the war against the insurgents, who have annexed some parts of the North-East as their territory.
The Forum arrived at this conclusion following an emergency meeting held at the weekend in Kaduna.
In a communiqué signed by its Board of Trustees Deputy Chairman, Air Vice-Marshal Moukhtar Mohammed (retd), and the Secretary-General, Col. John Ubah (retd), the ACF urged the Federal Government to brace-up and end the destruction of lives and property being perpetrated by the insurgents in some parts of the North.
The communiqué read, “The Board of Trustees and the National Working Committee of the ACF held an emergency joint meeting at the headquarters under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Adamu Fika, BoT Chairman. The joint meeting deliberated with great pains on the continuous deteriorating security situation in the country, especially in the North and consequently resolved as follows;
“That the Federal Government should seriously address the spate of continued and increasing violence with consequent loss of lives and property, with the aged, men, women and children being dislocated and made refugees in their own country and neighbouring countries, and who largely remain uncared for.
“That the Federal Government should brace up and bring an end to this unnecessary wanton destruction of lives and property.
“That the Federal Government be advised to seriously consider the possibilities of using available trained and battle-tested reservoir of manpower of the retired Armed Forces and other security agencies to participate in bringing to end this current menace of wanton destruction”.