Set Zamfara forest ablaze to stop killings, Don tells FG

A senior lecturer with the department of Mass Communication Bayero University Kano, Dr. Bala Mohammed, has called on the Federal Government to swing into action by setting Zamfara forest on fire for the terrorists hiding in the thick forest to be smoked out and bring to an end the persistent spate of kidnapping and wanton killings.

Speaking at a one day sensitization forum on how to end and curb the menace of drug abuse among youths in Kano, organised by Kano Concerned Citizens’ initiative held in Kano on Saturday, Mohammed said bursting the forest  by setting the forest on fire was the only way out of the heinous atrocities being committed by those he touted as “irresponsible citizens”.

According to him, even though burning the forest would have a precarious implication of   precipitating desert encroachment, setting the forest ablaze would assist in making the precious lives of innocent citizens in the  State secured.

He however stated that hiding and domiciling in the  forest had given the terrorists the leeway to play hide and seek game to avoid the preying eyes of security operatives, affirming that the bandits would be forced to have a re-think, knowing that with the federal government heeding the wise counsel, they would completely be smoked out.

On the persistent drug abuse among youths in Kano, the University don stated that  government should put the machinery in place for the introduction of a severe death penalty on notorious drug barons and their major accomplices for them to realize the danger of their action positing that the decay permeating the society could only be routed with the punitive punishment effected.

He wondered why notorious drug barons were out of conspiracy theory, allowed to escape the long arms of justice and never heard and seen again.

He said with money, they could find their way to freedom from the hands of unpatriotic judges and security agents.

In his remarks, the emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II said the Kano emirate Council was fully supporting the idea initiated by the Kano Concerned Citizens aimed at tackling the menace of drug abuse among youths in Kano, using local hunters and other volunteers to  support the drive.

Speaking in the same vein, Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said his administration had effected vigarous measures in entrenching peace by way of reforming many drug addicts to become responsible citizens.

Gander said in the North-west axis, only Kano and Jigawa States were enjoying relative peace at the moment.

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