August 14, 2012 – Terrorism In Nigeria: Group Condemns Inaction Of State Governors
The Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Conflict Resolution in Africa, a Non-Governmental, Non-Political Organization with Regional Offices in other African countries has blamed the elites for the instability and terror currently experienced in most parts of Africa.
Amazed at the continuous terrorist acts in Nigeria, especially in the northern region of the country, the foundation in a statement signed by Princelyn Oduenyi , the Programme Co-ordinator, Africa, said it has found this very unacceptable and embarrassing.
“The inaction of some state governments in check-ating this ugly act of terror being perpetrated on daily basis by some group called Boko Haram, despite huge security votes they allot to themselves as chief security officers of their various states annually, is suspect.
“It is this inaction that has encouraged the unending carnage. We must not forget that these young men are products of the society and had in the past watched in utter dismay the brazen way the nation’s commonwealth was stolen by a few who pretend to be leaders.
“The greatest challenge in Africa is that of leadership and that is why the foundation in collaboration with other like minds has structured programmes aimed at sensitizing Africans on the need for peaceful co-existence and choice of leadership. Peace is paramount to any nation’s development. It is the foundation for economic growth. In Uganda, the foundation is already sensitizing them on the evils of small arms proliferation. The foundation is using this opportunity to appeal to sponsors of these terror acts to have a rethink and know that these terrorists will one day turn their actions against them when there will be nobody for them to bomb again. It is even more worrisome that in Ramadan period people still kill and maim fellow human beings,” the group said.
It added: “We should please be mindful of our actions. It does not make any sense attacking those praying for God /Allah’s mercy for this nation. We pray to God/Allah everyday asking that Nigeria should be saved from further distress, when we carry out more heinous crimes against our brothers and sisters all in the name of ethnic /religious difference.”