Insecurity: Monarch Charges Youths To Shun Crime

By Ikenga Chronicles September 9, 2019

Insecurity: Monarch Charges Youths To Shun Crime

–Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo 

Following the incessant crisis between farmers and herdsmen in Kona villages, the Chief of Kona, HRH Augustine Njenmang has called on the youths to shun all activities that are capable of stirring further crisis in the area and to exercise restraints even in the face of obvious provocations. 

The monarch gave the charge at the weekend during the inauguration of the pioneer leadership of Jukun-Kona Youths Development Association (JKYDA) at his palace in Jalingo. 

Njenmang regretted that “killer herdsmen who are completely different from the herdsmen we’ve lived together with over the years have taken over our peaceful land, killed our people,  destroyed our homes and are grazing on our farms with impunity while our people are starving. 

“Today,  I am pleased that our youths are, more than ever before,  well organized and with a defined hierarchy, will check the excesses of those who may want to go against the norms of our land. We are a peaceful and hospitable people and no amount of provocation should make us move away from who we are. Let me also call on the federal government to urgently provide security for our people so that they can go back home and continue with their lives. The sufferings at the IDPs camp is becoming unbearable”.

In his inaugural speech,  the newly elected president of the Association Mr Joseph Bonaventure noted that “the primary participants in most of the violent conflicts are youths sponsored or manipulated by politicians and ethnic warlords”. 

“But this is no longer the time for warfare, radicalism, drug abuse and other vices. It is time to build our future and make positive impact. Our lands have been pulverised by the invaders who kill for the sheer pleasure of it, just to fulfil their demonic agenda. We will not be coward by their cruelty. We will continue to do everything within our capacity to build a community that is worthy of human occupation and peaceful coexistence. 

“Despite our concerted efforts to end the crisis, it is disheartening that the Miyetti Allah has come out to make weighty allegations of cattle rustling against our youths. It is on record that over 112 cows that strayed to Kona on different occasions during the heat of the crisis were returned to the Fulani owners with the help of security operatives. This was done in the spirit of brotherliness and genuine efforts to enthrone peace.”

The convener of the association Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Kamai urged the youths to be worthy ambassadors of the Kona nation and to work together with the leadership of the association to ensure discipline, decency,  and hard work among Myers for the common good and growth of the community. 

Kamai regretted the “desperate efforts by some unscrupulous elements to give the Kona nation a bad name at all cost.

Our correspondent reports that the national executive of the association comprises of representatives of Kona Youths across the three local government areas of Jalingo, Lay and Ardo Kola.