Pan northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, on Friday accused the military and other security operatives of complicity in the activities of the Boko Haram sect in the north-eastern part of the region.
The Forum believed that the activities of the insurgents were boosted by the cooperation and support from within the military and security agents, which had enhanced the capabilities of the terrorists.
It urged the government to carry out an in-house search of its security apparatus and put in place measures that would boost the morale of the troops deployed to fight the insurgents and instil confidence in the people.
The ACF, in a communiqué at end of its National Executive Council meeting, signed by the Secretary General, Col. John Ubah, asked the military to constantly update Nigerians on its efforts to rescue the abducted female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State to reduce fear and concern of parents.
The communiqué reads in part: “The forum expressed serious concern over the spate of killings of innocent people and wanton destruction of property by unknown gunmen and Boko Haram insurgents in most parts of the northern region. The forum therefore resolved to issue the following statement.
“The forum deliberated extensively on the current National security challenges and in particular, the abduction of over 200 female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, and other issues of National interest.
“Government should make concerted efforts to secure the release of the abducted female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state that were abducted by persons suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents since the April 14, 2014.
“The military authorities should as a matter of urgent duty, keep the nation abreast of efforts being made to rescue the kidnapped students in order to reduce the fears and concern of parents, relations and the entire citizenry.
“The security agencies should also open themselves to the intelligence being provided by the community on the alleged movement of the abducted students across our borders and seek support and cooperation of our neigbhours to track down the abductors and their victims.”
The ACF added, “It is strongly believed that without the support and cooperation from within the military and security circles, the insurgents would not have been succeeding so easily in their dastardly acts.
“ACF notes the concern of all Nigerians on this unfortunate incident of the abduction of Chibok female students and commends the various women organisations that troop out in Maiduguri, Abuja and Kaduna and other places to express their anger and displeasure over the abduction of school girls.
“The ACF urges the Federal Government to do an in-house search of its security apparatus and put in place measures that will boost the morale of the troops and inspire confidence in the people.”