- Bemoans FG’s inability to protect north
By Adedayo Akinwale
Following the recent killing of rice farmers in Zabarmari, Borno State by the Boko Haram insurgents, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the worst in the history of the country.
The spokesperson of the Coalition, Mr. Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, while reacting to the killings of about 43 rice farmers, said the federal government and federal troops can no longer be relied upon to protect northern communities.
The coalition said it has heard enough of excuses and fake promises of action from the Buhari-led administration.
CNG said it was unacceptable for the people of the north to continue to live under this level of exposure to criminals who attack, kill, maim, rape, kidnap, burn villages and rustle cattle, while the president and security chiefs issue threats and promises that have no effect.
It stated: “The president and federal troops keep telling us that they are doing something about the mounting insecurity, but by now all northerners must have realized that our region has been abandoned at the mercy of a rampaging insurgency that is continuously wasting the greatest asset of the north; its population and weakening it politically and pauperising it economically.
“Enough of taking excuses and fake promises of action from an administration that has so far acquired the reputation of being the worst in the history of our nation in terms of any capacity to generate confidence in achieving security of citizens’ lives and properties.
“All northerners are by now alarmed at the rising insecurity of communities and their properties in the north with the escalation of attacks by bandits, rustlers and insurgents leaving the only conclusion that the people of the north are now completely at the mercy of armed gangs who roam towns and villages at will, wrecking havoc.”
CNG stated that it was no longer in doubt that the current administration of President Buhari and state governors have lost control of protecting people of the north, a constitutional duty that they swore to uphold.
The coalition noted that the situation is getting worse literally by the day as bandits and insurgents take advantage of the huge vacuum in the administration’s political will and capacity to act which they exploit with disastrous consequences on communities and individuals.
It said further that the situation under which all northern communities live today is no longer tolerable, adding that everyone must rise to protect themselves and “demand an immediate and comprehensive overhaul of the leadership of the nation’s military and the entire security and law and order assets”.