The association said markets and traders appeared to be the recent target of insurgents operating in the Northern part of the country.
The National Association of Nigerian Traders, NANTS, on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to install security alerts and gadgets in markets across the country.
This contained in a communiqué issued at the end of an emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the association held in Abuja.
The communiqué signed by Ken Ukaoha, NANTS President, expressed worry over the security situation in the markets nationwide in the face of insurgency.
The association said markets and traders appeared to be the recent target of insurgents operating in the northern part of the country.
It recalled that the recent bomb blast at Jos Market and previous cases where markets had been invaded and burnt down by insurgents in Maiduguri, Jos and other places.
It said that a situation where innocent traders were hacked down simply called for more attention of the government and the security operatives to protect the lives and property of traders.
NANTS called on traders and market leaders nationwide to take seriously every measure aimed at securing the markets.
“Market leaders must work as a matter of urgency with local government areas to procure security screening gadgets for stop and search operations which must immediately be installed to reduce risks.
“We further advise that vehicular movements inside the markets must henceforth be restrained.
“Every trader must be vigilant and ready to alert security agents of any suspicion around the markets.
“Leaders should circulate the emergency numbers of all security agencies to the traders and local government authorities must increase efforts at fencing porous markets for more safety,” it said
The communiqué appreciated the security forces for their efforts at fighting faceless enemy under such an unfortunate `gorilla war’.
NANTS, however, urged the federal government and state governments in the north to channel more resources to the protection of lives and property of citizens.
It said governments at all level must understand the imperatives of securing the nation’s investments being major to the economic development and sustainability of the nation.
It called on all politicians and leaders across the country to cooperate with the Federal Government to put an end to the current insecurity and carnage.
It advised politicians to desist from politicising the issue of insurgency or unconstructive criticism of the security forces, especially the military in the fight.
“We must not give away our military and sacrifice its prowess and the national pride/integrity on the altar of politics.
“We further note, however, that the current trend places a judgment in the hands of the military which must be ready and able to defend the citizens with transparency and accountability in the prosecution of the war against insurgency.”