Killings: NACOMYO Advocates Tolerance, Sacrifice, Patriotism
The National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations, (NACOMYO) has advocated tolerance, sacrifice and patriotism as panacea to the ongoing killings across the country. The NACOMYO’s national president, Kamaldeen Akintunde in a statement on Tuesday, emphasized tolerance, understanding, sacrifice and patriotism as recipes for the crisis and hostilities recently experienced in Benue State. The Islamic group called for restraint and guarded statements by stakeholders, especially the media who they said have whipped up sentiments on the conflict. NACOMYO therefore called for a systematic and analytical review of previous and current crises with a view to getting to their root causes, as well as ensuring that culprits, irrespective of occupational group or ethnic extraction are brought to book. It also demanded more proactive measures as solution-driven that will entail rapport and consultations among stakeholders and experts. While acknowledging the fear being nursed in some quarters on the planned settlement (for herders), the group implored all concerned to eschew emotion and sentiments, but rather engage themselves for a systematic and wholistic measures that will guarantee an enduring and sustainable peace. “There could be more to it than it meets the ordinary eye”, it said, adding that, “reading political, ethnic, economic and religious undertones to the avoidable disturbances.” It charged Nigerians to be tolerant and accommodate each other and as a means to achieving peaceful co-existence for sustainable development.