As the nation battles insecurity and a spike in violent crimes in many parts of the country, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) is appealing to leaders across the entire national spectrum to take deliberate measures and speak out to de-escalate the rising tension, build confidence in the system, promote and preach peace, justice, unity and tolerance among the citizens.
In a special letter of appeal circulated to selected community and religious leaders across the country and signed by the Director-General, NOA, Dr. Garba Abari said the situation called for leaders across political, religious, traditional, professional and the social landscape to do all within their powers to arrest the situation from further deterioration.
He said the Agency is concerned about the spate of violent attacks and killings of both security agents and innocent citizens and destruction of public and private infrastructure across the country by violent groups, saying this is the time to partner with government to bring about peace and stability.
Dr Abari added that the activities of insurgents, bandits, hoodlums and ethnic militia in parts of the country ultimately hurt everyone in every part of the country.
He, therefore, stressed the need for urgent and concerted peace-building measures that look beyond parochial benefits and prioritize national interest.
The NOA urged stakeholders to take the opportunity of the government’s willingness to partner with individuals, groups, other agencies, men and women of good conscience and influence to actualize the desire to build and restore peace in their communities and other areas of influence.