December 3, 2020

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Insecurity: Northern women cry for help

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Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja

Women under the umbrella of Northern Women Peace Forum (NWPF), have cried out to the Nigerian government to find a lasting solution to the wave of violence and insecurity ravaging the Northern of the country.

Addressing reporters in Abuja, the National Secretary of NWPF, Yahaya Goya said as mothers, wives, and daughters; the women are tired of the situation in the North and are begging the government to restore peace in the zone.

The group lamented how their once-peaceful North has in the last 10 years become the enclave of two of the world’s deadliest terrorist organizations; including Boko Haram.

Her words: “We have lost lives over violent conflicts to Boko Haram, women have become widows and hundreds of children have turned orphans.

“We have lost friends and family members. We have lost people we don’t know but we still feel their pains.”

The women group expressed serious concern over the devastating impact of criminal activities such as kidnapping, banditry all of which have impacted negatively on the economic activities in the North and by extension the rest of the country.

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The group further noted the impact on food security in the country; especially with new threats from bandits forcefully demanding harvest levies from farmers in parts of the North.

The women condemned the violence that accompanied the recent #EndSARS protest in major cities across the country; calling on the youths to find better ways of channeling their grievances.

The association of women however said it will continue to mobilize women to promote peace for National development

According to the National Coordinator, Hajia Binta Kuraye; such an initiative including welfare for women and children will go a long way to curb violence in the country.

The Northern Women Peace Forum consists of women from all the 19 States in the North and a membership that cuts across Nigeria’s multi-ethnic diversity.