This Day (Lagos)

22 March 2014

Nigeria: 3000 Members of Northern Youth Leaders Forum Killed By Insurgents

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Boko Haram militants.

Daji Sani The National Chairman, Northern Youth Leaders Forum, NYLF, Comrade Elliot Afiyo has revealed that 3000 of his members have been killed by the outlawed Boko Haram lslamic sect in the northern region of the country.

Afiyo who expressed worry over the spate of killings and the lingering insurgents activities particularly in the north, which he believed was occasioned by bad governance, told Journalist yesterday in Yola that his organisation has lost 3000 out of two million registered members to the recent insurgency attacks.

He said that 81 Northern Youth organisations amalgamated to form an umbrella body known as the Northern Youth Leaders Forum which he has been the national chairman for 11 years now.

Afiyo explained that the Forum aims to sensitise the youths across the north on the need to support good governance and internal democracy but fight against injustice, imbalance and impunity in the nation, said to be one of the causes of the insecurity.

The National Chairman further added that the NYLF has relocated 170 of its members who wanted to relocate from Maiduguri to Kano State because of the activities of the insurgents.

He said that the NYLF collaborated with its State chairman in Kano to procure plots of land where they built 22 rooms and parlour for the 170 members to start a new life in Kano

Afiyo claimed that they had renovated six primary schools in Yobe and Kaduna States damaged by insurgents and last Wednesday, inaugurated computer training schools in Taraba State.

"We are particularly pained by the colossal loss of innocent lives of our youth, parent and guardians in the wake of the activities of insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States as well as the sporadic killings as a result of communal strife and farmers/grazers clashes in Benue, Kaduna, Nassarawa, Kastina and a host of others states in the north in recent times.

"We condemn in strong terms the killings in Buni Yadi Federal Government College, FGC, the College of Agriculture in Yobe state, Catholic Seminary in Michika, Federal Polytechnic, Mubi Adamawa State and host of others too numerous to mention", he said.

Afiyo added that the attacks launched by the insurgents on education in the northeast has worsened the educational system, adding that it would take decades to recuperate and compete with the educational system of other regions of the nation.

He expressed concern over the proliferation of illegal arms and ammunition which has been used by the perpetrators of the current insurgency and other hoodlums to inflict pains and despair on many innocent Nigerians.

He called for the investigation of the sources of the arms with a view to bringing the culprits to book as successes were being recorded by the military task force in the fight against insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

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