Apparently disturbed by the bombing of a motor park in Gombe and seizure of Mubi in Adamawa State by insurgents, the pan-northern Socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has condemned the escalating level of violence in the Northeast, saying Nigerians no longer have confidence in the ceasefire agreement purportedly reached between the federal government and Boko Haram sect.
The Forum, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, condemned the triple bomb blast that hit Gombe on Friday, stating that, “the bomb blast in Gombe, the continued killings and seizure of towns and villages in Borno and especially now Mubi in Adamawa State by insurgents barely two weeks after the announcement that a ceasefire had been brokered between the Boko Haram insurgents and the Federal Government calls to question the sincerity and effectiveness of the ceasefire agreement”.
According to the statement, “It is really disturbing and worrisome that despite the assurances given by Government that appropriate security measures are being put in place to contain the insurgency including the ceasefire agreement, the situation in the Northeast region is deteriorating which needed a decisive action to quell it. Towns like Bama, Gwoza and many others are still under the control of the insurgents despite the emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
“Nigerians are becoming sceptical and no longer have confidence in the assurances being given by government officials regarding the security challenges, since the terrorists have continued to unleash mayhem on the people without adequate counter offensive from the military.
“The news of the bomb blast that occurred on Friday morning at the Gombe motor park, was wicked, gruesome and condemnable considering the 27 innocent people killed in the blast and also the destruction of property it caused.
“The bomb blast in Gombe, the continued killings and seizure of towns and villages in Borno and especially now Mubi in Adamawa states by insurgents barely two weeks after the announcement that a ceasefire had been brokered between the Boko Haram insurgents and the Federal Government calls to question the sincerity and effectiveness of the ceasefire agreement.
“However, Government should not rest on its oars in finding a lasting solution to this menace. ACF therefore calls on the Government to decisively employ new strategy and tactics on daily basis to deal with the situation.
“Government should also continue to pursue dialogue and peaceful negotiation with the genuine leaders of the Boko Haram in order to restore the desired peace and order in the region, especially now that our politicians are busy with electioneering campaign against 2015 elections.
“It’s an irony that, while Nigerians in the Northeast region are being killed by insurgents and Nigerian territories being seized, our politicians are busy collecting party declaration forms to contest 2015 elections instead of collaborating efforts to contain the insurgency.
“ACF urges Nigerians to be more vigilant and security conscious as we embark on the 2015 electioneering campaign”.
The Forum expressed its condolence to the families of those killed and injured in the incident and called on the state government to provide free medical treatment to them.