Members of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, have called on Nigerians to join hands with the President Buhari-led administration in fighting the insecurity bedeviling the nation.
ACF noted that the war against insurgency cannot be left to government alone.
In an Easter message, ACF appealed that all hands must be on deck to defeat kidnappers and armed bandits that have continued to wage war against Nigerians in some parts of the country.
Alhaji Muhammad Ibraheem Biu, National Publicity Secretary of ACF, explained that overcoming security challenges posed by kidnapping, insurgency, cattle rustling, banditry and the unnecessary clashes between various ethnic groups cannot be left to government alone but should be collective effort.
The statement said, “All leaders and Nigerians should come together and live up the synergistic potential against collective challenges for common good.
“The governments at all levels and Security Agencies to intensify their operations and also maintain surveillance in the red alert states until peace and normalcy are restored.
“But for the needed normalcy to return, all Nigerians must also play their roles of providing support by way of intelligence to the security agencies which would enable them to succeed. Now that the 2019 general elections are over with winners declared at both the Federal and State levels, the Forum wishes to appeal to our leaders to note that no society thrives on the victory of its faction, but through ultimate reconciliation and inclusiveness.
“Victory and defeat are never final. The governments should therefore hit the ground running by making Nigerians become one in favor of good governance needed for the good of all.”
Meanwhile, ACF called on Christians all over the world celebrating Easter, to do so “with prayers and activities of self sacrifice for the common good of the society.”
“The period commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which gives Christians the opportunity to reflect on the exemplary life and good teachings of Jesus Christ that include his tolerance, forgiveness, love and self sacrifice for the good of humanity, and strive to live up his legacies at all time. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has united Christians to be one people through promotion of core value of humanity that comes with sacred inviolability of the individual. We are now equal before God.
“ACF, therefore, wishes Nigerians, especially Christians, happy celebration and also urges all Nigerians, no matter their status to practice the virtue of tolerance, forgiveness, self-sacrifice, good neighborliness and love for one another, and continue to pray for peaceful coexistence, harmony, stability and prosperity for all,” the statement said.