The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has urged the federal government to investigate the alleged external influence in the attacks in the North-east region of the country.
The forum, in a statement in Kaduna yesterday, said considering the sophistication of arms being used by the gunmen and insurgents, there was need for government to find out whether the attacks had foreign backing as it was being alleged.
The statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the forum, Alhaji Muhammed Ibrahim, expressed shocked over the recent gruesome killing of over 100 innocent people and destruction of properties in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The spate said: “The spades of attacks is indeed very sad and wearisome.
“The frequency of such attacks by gunmen in northern states has placed the region under siege.
“The disturbing reality is that there is no sign of this intractable war coming to an end.”
The forum maintained that associating such attacks with religion or ethnicity should be discouraged, as the warring parties in communities where these killings took place had lived together peacefully over the years.
The statement therefore called on the northern states to pool their resources together and fund the security apparatus in their states effectively similar to the security Joint Task Force operating in Lagos and Kano States
“The intelligence community and government should do more to unravel the cause, motives and sources of arms, and funding of these terrorists.
“The ACF extends its sympathy and condolences to the affected persons, especially the bereaved families, the government and people of Kaduna State over this unfortunate incident” the statement said.