Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 March 2014

Nigeria: 3,000 Youths Lost to Boko Haram in N/East

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Boko Haram militants.

Yola — Three thousand members of the Northern Youths Leaders Forum (NYLF) were killed in Boko Haram attacks in the North-East while hundreds relocated to the North-West, Comrade Elliot Afiyo, the National Chairman of the forum has said.

Speaking with newsmen in Yola at the weekend, he traced the crisis in the North to bad governance and injustice, calling on political leaders to do more to end the killings.

"We are particularly pained by the colossal loss of innocent lives of our youths, parents and guardians in the wake of the activities of insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa as well as the killings in communal strife and farmers/herders clashes in Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Kastina and others states in the North in recent times," he said.

Afiyo lamented the fact that the ugly incidents were coming when Nigerians should be celebrating the gains of democracy.

"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.

He expressed concern over the proliferation of arms and ammunitions in the country and urged the federal government to investigate the sources of arms and bring the culprits to justice.

Afiyo said the NYLF has procured a plot of land in Kano to build houses to help displaced members to resettle and start new life.

He said the membership strength of his forum has reached two million across the 19 northern states.

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