The Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has called on federal and state governments to be more proactive in protecting lives and property of citizens across the country.
According to the group’s spokesman, Ango Abdullahi, there was need for the authorities to take more decisive steps to ensure the security of lives and property of citizens, especially those that were currently involved in herdsmen/farmer clashes in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna, Zamfara States and other parts of the country.
The NEF scribe in a statement asked the federal security agencies to step up their statutory responsibility of protecting the nation’s integrity.
While he commiserated with all families and communities that have lost members and property, the Northern Elder urged the citizens themselves to be more vigilant.
He said: “Our forum recently met to review critical national developments, particularly as they relate to tension around national security punctuated by killings in many parts of the country, and we condemned it and called for seriousness on the part of the security agencies in tackling the matter.
“We condole all the families and communities that have lost members and assets, and we demand the federal and state authorities to take more decisive steps to restore the security of lives and property of citizens.
“Also, all leaders must observe restraint and responsibility in the manner they exercise their powers to shape opinion and determine the responses of the citizens.
“All communities must maintain vigilance over their relations with each other, and seek solutions that do not involve conflicts which in the end leave all of us as losers.
“We at the Northern Elders Forum will continue to seek all opportunities and avenues to engage leaders, governments and all stakeholders in the search for peace and security in the North and Nigeria.”