The National Youth Council of Nigeria, (NYCN) has urged Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari as a matter of urgency to declare the invading bandits around the country as terrorists.
The council said that in doing so would be a major move towards combating insecurity that is eating deep in the entire country.
This was made known through a statement issued on Sunday by the council’s Vice President, South West, Comrade Dotun Omoleye.
The council noted Buhari’s recent declaration that the Zamfara school abduction would be the last is regrettable, due to the current spike in insecurity despite the President declaration.
The council cited the 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Mando area of Kaduna State who were abducted from the school premises on Thursday night as a sign that the president’s promise failed.
The statement partly reads;
“The attack on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, coming just few days after gunmen attacked FAAN’s quarters in Igabi Local Government Area of the state is becoming an eyesore, and a wake-up call on the government to appropriately designate these enemies of the State as terrorists following the determination of President Buhari’s opposition to negotiating with these bandits.”
“Without doubt, if we do not want our nation to be overrun by violent and gun-wielding criminals by whose activities the peace and stability of our nation is becoming fragile daily; the Federal Government must be courageous enough to bandy these enemies as terrorists as they do not deserve the perceived pampering they currently enjoy.”
“We salute the sacrifices of the Nigerian security agencies towards protecting the people but it is becoming obvious that unless these bandits are so classified, the presidential directive to shoot holders of illegal AK-47 may not yield productive results.”