A foremost socio-cultural youth organisation of Eket federal constituency in Akwa Ibom State, Afigh Iwaad Ekid, has impressed on the federal government to intensify interstate border security patrol to combat further spread of terrorism and insurgency in the country.
The Public Relations Officer of the organisation, Mr Joe Etukudo, made the call while speaking with journalists after the swearing in of new executive officers of body.
He acknowledged with satisfaction the commitment of the federal government to checking insurgency in the northern part of the country, expressing the belief that the Nigerian armed forces working in collaboration with the international community will succeed in crushing the activities of Boko Haram in a short time.
Etukudo said the Afigh Iwaad Ekid were in total sympathy with the parents of over 200 students abducted by members of the Boko Haram at Chibok in Borno State.
He equally called on everybody especially youth organisations to grant security agencies the needed cooperation by remaining alert and reporting activities of strange persons and groups within area of their operations.
Etukudo lamented that the damage done to the northern and middle belt states has affected the psychic and the socio-economic lives of indigenes, visitors and investors, leaving the youths at crossroads in meeting future aspirations in education and health care.
On the abduction of the Chibok girls, he appealed that youths particularly the girl child should not be discourage or lose hope but take a cue from Malala the Pakistan girl and pursuit their education to a logical conclusion as God will see nation through this perilous times.
According to Etukudo, the abduction, bombing and killing of innocent people is a sad commentary and is inimical to the development of Nigeria therefore, all Nigerians either in government or in the private sector have significant roles to play in the fight against terrorism, rather than shifting blame to the federal government.
He further explained that without the entire nation especially people from the northern states coming together to fight the insurgents, it might be difficult for the foreign powers to successfully combat the terror sect.
The spokesman for the group said the body plans a fund raising programme to ameliorate the effects of the destruction caused by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-eastern states.
“We shall also embark on effective enlightenment campaign in collaboration with other youth groups of the Niger Delta states to redirect the mind sets of those in the South-south states, especially the youths to be on the watch out against the infiltration of the dangerous sects from other regions of the country,” he added.