The Advocacy Centre for Development in Gombe has held its 4th National Day of Mourning, with special prayers to God to intervene amidst multitudinous security challenges in every nook and cranny of Nigeria.
During the prayer, representatives of Muslim and Christian pathetically decried the current security situation in which security operatives are also being targeted.
However, they offered lamentations and supplication to God to restrain the killings, maiming and destructions, which were all drawing the country back to the dark ages.
Some of the speakers who spoke said ”for solutions to be found on the menace, the root causes must be identified and tackled.”
Some of the issues they said were responsible for this development had been attributed to nepotism, thuggery, activities, injustice, bad parenting, poverty and hunger, as well as lack of trust, broken homes and the relegation of the role of the traditional institutions to that of advisory.
In his words, the Convener, Mr. Ibrahim Yusuf, said ”it was time for all in the society to act now, because the security agents alone could not tackle the magnitude of the challenge in the society.”
Mr. Yusuf and some of the security agents present, asked for a stronger community collaboration in information sharing, to ensuring timely information needed for intervention before the matter get out of hand.
They said citizens have a great role to play by being vigilant and reporting suspicious activities and knowing their surroundings.
Participants at the meeting prayed that the National Day of Mourning, which is the 4th in the series, would be last to be conducted, hoping that by the 28th of next year, the issue of security would be a thing of the past.