JNI was reacting to the killing of Harira Jubril, a pregnant woman alongside her four children at Isulo community in Anambra State.
In a statement by its Secretary-General, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, JNI described the killing of Harira and her children as barbaric, senseless and unprovoked.
The group, headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, said the activities of unknown gunmen in the South East can no longer be acceptable, calling on governments at all levels to address the security challenges in the region.
JNI implored the federal government to live up to its responsibility of protecting lives, adding that the killings were now transforming into more religious and ethnic.
The organization, however, commiserated with the families of the victims of serial killings and abductions across the country.
The statement reads: “We have had enough, so it should be left for what is enough! Moreover, as we have always stated in our similar press releases, governments should be seen as swiftly acting on security-related issues, as it is its primary Constitutional responsibility to protect, secure and provide welfare to citizens, as enunciated on the second schedule of the 1999 amended Constitution.
“JNI has painfully, with dismay been observing the orchestrated unchecked atrocities dished out to many innocent Muslim menial traders’ wares, including animals. The attitude, in effect, depicts the most unfortunate high level of hatred and impunity. The JNI feels that it was high time the governments acted lest things get out of hand.
“Government must spare no efforts to immediately take control of all forests and swampy areas that have become hideouts for criminals and constitute a joint task force to specially attend to the rising tide of killings in South-Eastern Nigeria.
“Governments at all levels should act beyond mere verbal condemnations on security-related matters and the South-Eastern states’ governments and Governors, as well as community leaders over there should be seen and heard condemning and assuaging fears and tension within their respective states and communities (as the case may be) as silence would not be golden, in so unfortunate a situation.”