Tiv Youths Condemn Call For Amnesty For Bandits, Terrorists, Armed Herdsmen
The Tiv Youths under the umbrella of its apex socio-cultural organization, Tiv Youth Organisation (TYO), FCT Abuja Chapter has condemned recent calls for amnesty for bandits, terrorists and armed Herdsmen from certain quarters.
The group made this known in Abuja, weekend through its newly inaugurated President, Chief Joseph Saater Undu during his inaugural address.
While condemning the call, Chief Undu advised that security operatives should be directed to "clampdown on all identified security threats and neutralize them to give the citizens a new lease of life."
He said, "TYO strongly condemns the call for amnesty for bandits, kidnappers and terrorists.
"I call on the president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu through the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, to direct the security chiefs to clampdown on all identified security threats and neutralize them to give the citizens a new lease of life. This is achievable if the government is sincere and willing to end insecurity in the country.
"All arrested suspects should be charged to court to answer for their crimes against innocent Nigerians. As a matter of fact, we call on the president and the National Assembly to establish Special Courts for the speedy trials of suspects arrested for terrorism, banditry and kidnapping," he said.
On the issue of rural -urban migration, Chief Undu noted that the widespread insecurity ravaging the country, especially in North Central and other regions being orchestrated by marauding armed Herdsmen, bandits and kidnappers, is the major factor behind our current food crisis.
He said, "It is also a security threat to our urban centers. The rural-urban migration we witness daily in our cities today is alarming. The mass exodus of thousands of unskilled and unemployable young men who are mostly farmers to the urban centers because of rampaging bandits, terrorists and Herdsmen in their communities is the cause of rising security incidences in our cities and towns.
"We can stop this by stopping attacks on their communities. We can stop this by making their communities and farms safe. We can also stop this by making subsistence farming attractive and profitable."
Chief J S. Undu also disclosed that, "The President does not need the Nigerian Military and other non-state actors in completely eradicating all forms of security threats in our dear country. He only needs the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Services (DSS) to root out all criminals, terrorists and bandits across Nigeria in one month, if he has the political will."
TYO was incorporated since 1988 with the mandate to coordinate the activities, way of life and the general well-being of the Tiv Youths across the world with its headquarters in Gboko, Benue state