Chairman of Zamfara State council of traditional rulers and Emir of Anka Alhaji Attahiru Mohammad Ahmed has blamed security agencies in the country for the escalation of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Speaking during a 3-day workshop on peace building and conflict management for sustainable development organised by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Kaduna on Wednesday, he said the failure of the security agencies to perform their duties as expected was responsible for the escalation of the activities Boko Haram sect. “The security agencies are to be blame for the escalation of the Boko Haram sect.
Where were the security agencies when the sect members are importing guns? Where were they when they were training their members in Somalia? The security agencies should have pre-empted all these,” he said.
While urging the security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities, the traditional ruler said the solutions to the crises bedevilling the country are in the archive. “Our problem is not workshop but implementation of recommendations. We organized workshops and seminars but we don’t implement recommendations.
The solutions to our problems are in the archive,” he said. While speaking on the call for amnesty for the sect in an interview with the newsmen later in the day, the Emir faulted it saying “amnesty is for those people you know, you don’t give amnesty for people you don’t know”.
Earlier in his address, Director General of the NEMA Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi said the workshop was conceived to create greater synergy to prevent, minimize and mitigate the impact of conflicts and disasters. He said the workshop also has the objectives of building bridges of understanding and peaceful co-existence between different socio-cultural groups. It would enable us to detect, appreciate and improve on early warning crises indicators.
“The seeming intractable conflicts between farmers and pastoralists all over Nigeria and of recent the electoral and religious violence in several states aside other conflicts are challenges that we must work together to proffer sustainable and enduring solutions to” he said. In his address at the occasion, Kaduna State governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero reiterated the commitment of his administration to build and sustain genuine peace in Kaduna.