Arewa Youth Forum (AYF), the premier umbrella platform of all youth organisations in the North, has expressed worries over the future of Zamfara State following the spate of unabated killings, while backing the imposition of state of emergency in the state.
A statement signed by the National Director, Public Affairs Arewa Youth Forum, Bello Abdulhamid said, “As a result of recent killing of not fewer than eighteen (18) persons in Birane village in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State, and the spate of unabated killings in the State as a whole, the AYF is worried about what the future holds for good people of Zamfara State.
“In this year alone, hundreds of residents have been killed, others maimed and displaced. Also, many were kidnapped and had to cough out their meager resources in this excruciating economic situation to pay ransom for the release of their loved ones.
“This state of affairs has reached a very disturbing level, hence the recent public reaction of riots against this seemingly insurmountable threat to lives and properties,” it said.
The AYF however, appreciated and saluted the courage and patriotic sacrifices being made by the gallant men and officers of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police and other security agencies.
“However, we are also, forced to advice our Service Chiefs ans Heads of other security agencies to, as a matter of urgent National Emergency, employ a paradigm shift in their rules of engagement with terrorists, bandicts, and other criminals by modernising their security gadgets, purchase digital and state of-the-art modern survellance drones and other equipments, in-line with international best practices.
“They need to have a superior fire power in order to save not only the lives of citizens, but our gallant men and officers who sacrifice their lives daily.
“They warned that ultimately, Nigeria like any other sovereignty of Nigeria, like any other country in the world needs to be preserved..” Further more, we call support, the imposition of STATE OF EMERGENCY in Zamfara State immediately so that this ugly security threat will be cleared and the full wrath of the law will descend on the criminal elements and personalities involved,” It added.
The group said that no leader among all of those aspiring has his selflessness, integrity, fear of God as a motivating principle and a conscious, resolute and uncompromising drive to face the battle against corruption head on as well as serve the Nigerian citizen with all his might, hence, the Arewa Youth Forum endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.
” In spite of challenges from the selfish and greedy individuals, who are busy struggling to truncate his determined efforts to sanitize and serve Nigeria. To complement this, the vital issue of delivery of Democratic dividends by the Federal Government is driven by the interest of ordinary people.
” We therefore call on all youths and women to support PMB so that Nigeria “go better for the Nigerians Citizen,” it stressed.
On agriculture, the group said it has observed a resurrected interest, an awakening spirit among local/small holder farmers due to the appreciable resurgence or renaissance of agricultural activities