From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
The Hunters Association of Nigeria (HAN) has reiterated its determination to assist security agencies in the country to fight insecurity ravaging some of its parts.
The chairman of the group, Alhaji Muhammadu Usman Baba Tola who stated this at the inauguration of new executives of the association in Bauchi State recently, said that the country lately has been bedeviled by insecurity, ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, insurgency amongst others.
He said that a peaceful and working Nigeria remains the priority of every hunter in the country, adding that they are ready to confront bandits and insurgents in their dens.
The chairman said that as hunters, they are conversant with the terrain of Nigeria’s forests where bandits and insurgents hide their victims, pointing out that a lot of success 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 forest and mountains, they can adequately help in that direction,” he said.
Alhaji Tola said that consulting with government, traditional rulers and security agencies has been part of their method of operation, stressing that they were ready to listen to relevant security stakeholders in the country 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, lamenting that the group lacks mobility.
He called on government and public-spirited individuals to come to their aide 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.
“I am appealing to governments and philanthropists to provide us with cars to ease our transportation challenge,” the chairman said.
Speaking at the event, the 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.
The governor, who was represented by his Principal Private Secretary, Hon. Sama’ila Burga, said 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 contributions of hunters towards ensuring security in the state in collaboration with government security personnel, promising to continue supporting activities of hunters for the overall benefits of citizens of the state.