by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Association of Nigerian Hunters has assured of its determination to assist security agencies to fight insecurity ravaging in some parts of the country.
Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Muhammadu Usman Baba Tola, disclosed this during the inauguration of new executives of the association in Bauchi State recently, saying, the country lately has been bedeviled by insecurity, ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, and insurgency, amongst others.
He noted that, a peaceful and working Nigeria remains the priority of every hunter in the country, assuring that they are ready to confront bandits and insurgents in their dens.
He said as hunters, they are conversant with the terrain of Nigeria’s forests where bandits and insurgents hide their victims, pointing out that a much successes could be achieved, if hunters and security agents could come together for a common purpose.
“We have converged in Bauchi from all parts of Nigeria today to reassess issues of national concerns as well as to determine how best we can come in and help in addressing these issues for the betterment of our country. Hunters know Nigerian forests and mountains; they can adequately help in that direction,” he stated.
According to him, they have consultation with government and traditional rulers; and security agencies has been part of their method of operation, assuring that they were ready to listen to relevant security stakeholders with a view to defeating insecurity in the country.
He said that the association would always support and stand by a united and peaceful Nigeria, but added that the group lacks mobility, and called on the government and public spirited-individuals to come to their aid to empower them to play their security complimentary role, saying that their contributions at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast are a testimony to what they could bring to the nation’s effort towards achieving national security.
“We don’t have mobility vehicles, and that is affecting our response to distress calls. We cannot do well as desired so long as movement is a problem,” he said, and appealed to governments and philanthropists to provide them with cars to ease their transportation challenge.
In his remarks, the Buachi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad, restated the determination of his administration to assist hunters, in order to enable them discharge their roles effectively for the overall safety of lives and property of citizens of the state.
Represented by his Principal Private Secretary, Hon. Sama’ila Burga, the governor noted that, “Searching for pasture is only possible where there is peace, and not where people are afraid to go out in search of their livelihood.”
He expressed satisfaction with the hunters towards ensuring security in the state in collaboration with government security personnel, promising to continue to support activities of hunters for the overall benefits of citizens of the state.