By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has singled President Muhammadu Buhari as the main problem the country is facing.
Reacting to the state of the nation, the CNG, through its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in a statement said, “For us in the North, policing lives and livelihoods of communities is now a major problem, it would not be an exergeration to say bluntly that Buhari is the single problem of Nigeria today.”
The CNG noted that the latest massacre of more than 100 innocent farmers in a single attack is significant in proving that northern votes were wasted in electing President Buhari in 2015 and 2019.
It added, “It shows that northerners did make a mistake in putting up a solid, united front for him in spite of their ethno-religions differences only to be abandoned to suffer the effects of such level of insecurity, poverty and poor governance.”
Commenting on the Zabarmari massacre of the rice farmers by Boko Haram, CNG explained that these incidents are constant all over the North which is today virtually a battlefront, and a hostage of Boko Haram, kidnappers, bandits, rustlers and rapists who roam about and operate freely while President Buhari and his government persist in denial.
The Arewa groups said the Northern leaders and elite fortified in their comfort zones and living far away from the effects of these devastating insecurity may be tolerated if they downplay the signifince of insisting that Buhari has failed in the vital area of protecting the lives and properties of a significant component of the nation, the North.
According to the statement, without a doubt, this administration would certainly abandon the North to be routed completely by criminals who understand that weak political will, insensitivity, incompetence and corruption have weakened government’s resolve to challenge them.
“All northerners feel the pains of this insecurity that is already frustrating all hopes that the government could discover a more permanent solution to recurring violence across the region,” the statement explained.
“We therefore insist that in the face of this glaring failure, the people must consider taking steps to protect themselves and their communities,” the statement added.
The groups noted that while they don’t doubt that governments are important in deciding how they live, stressing that citizens and communities who speak and understand each other make stronger building blocks for sustainable peace and public safety.
The statement urged all northern communities to unite against what they called “this pervasive dangerous security situation” with resolve and awareness of their obligations under the law, saying that the knowledge that victory will only be pronounced when the region achieves full cessation of hostilities, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.