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The Arewa Youth Forum, said bandits have killed no fewer than 11,000 adult males that were bread-winners of their families in Zamfara State.
The Arewa Youth Forum said the killings have left behind an estimated conservative figure of about 22,000 widows.
The National President of AYF, Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu in a statement explained that the aftermath of the killings was an estimated conservative figure of forty four thousand (44,000) orphans at an average of four children to a deceased person.
He said AYF viewed with great concern the incessant and prevailing security situation in the North West particularly Zamfara state, and decided to as a matter of utmost urgency, intervene in finding a lasting solution.
“It’s worrisome that the present situation of incessant and barbaric killings, maimings, kidnapping for ransom, rape, cattle rustling and wanton destruction of property and economic livelihood assets by devilish forces of evil and blood thirsty insurgents has reached an unimaginable and horrendous proportion in a region which was hitherto peaceful and calm, called Northern Nigeria.
“Infact, hardly a day passes without such incidents occurring. Of great disturbance equally, is the fact that the lives of Nigerians in towns and villages within the zone are now completely at the mercy of armed marauding bandits, wrecking havoc at will which is negatively affecting the socio-economic activities of locals, in spite of intervention of security agencies.
“Therefore, in view of this state of affairs and pursuant to Arewa Youth Forum’s Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building (CMPB) Project, we undertook a deep and holistic research aimed at finding out the root causes of the persistent security challenge, with a view of finding lasting and sustainable solution.
“Our preliminary findings showed that within eight (8) dark years only of Banditry in Zamfara State, a conservative figure of about eleven thousand (11,000) adult males that were bread-winners of their families were killed, leaving behind an estimated conservative figure of about twenty two thousand (22,000) widows (with at least two 2 wives to a person), and in another alarming breath, an estimated conservative figure of forty four thousand (44,000) orphans at an average of four (4) children to a deceased person.
” A very conservative estimate indeed for this figure could be a double or triple of this.” “It is worthy to note that in terms of frequency and the alarming casualty ratio, Zamfara State is ahead of many States in the Country that experiences security challenges, but alas, receives less prominence in terms of attention from mainstream media in terms of objective clarion call reporting, and most importantly, Federal Government’s attention based on recognition and intervention.”
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