By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed woefully to protect lives and property of Nigerians.
The forum also observed that the President has failed to convene a security review to consider what it called ‘regulated self-protection’.
This observation is coming after the recent killings of the rice farmers in Zabarmari, Borno state.
Recall that the Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu had the wake of the slain rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents, said that the victims failed to get military clearance to go out onto the fields.
Reactions by Buhari aides and cabinet members in the wake of the killings have sparked outrage with the information minister Lai Mohammed who called it the result of politicking while the Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff noted that the insecurity challenges could be in the country for the next 20 years.
The forum, through its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in a statement described the remarks as “callous and insensitive, unacceptable and condemnable”.
The group demands all northerners to dwell on state governors and the federal governments to see that the country’s security architecture is reframed and reorganized in ways that would bring an end to the incessant banditry, insurgency, kidnapping and other vices that are dragging the region into socio-economic abyss.
It also demanded a thorough review and interrogation of the commercialization of the conflicts by different actors, up and down the ranks and constituencies, defence corruption, as well as what the group called persistent attitude of touting success in the face of failure.
The group noted that leaders have become a liability, stressing that it has increased the conviction that the only remaining option is for the people to mobilise for a regulated self protection.
It explained that in the light of the current general and pervasive insecurity being felt across the North with regularity of attacks, killings, kidnapping, insurgency, highway robberies and the sacking of entire communities and the realization that leaders such as the ones in authority, who cannot be advised or criticized, are a liability, have increased the conviction that the only remaining option is for the people to mobilize for a regulated self protection.
CNG recalled to the start of ISIS invasion into Kurd region of Iraq, pointing out that the Kurdish Peshmerga did not just surrender their hope and destiny to the Iraqi forces.
The group noted that instead they composed regimented and volunteer forces, fully funded and backed by their regional authorities.
The statement explained that this can as well be successfully replicated in the North if all citizens cooperate to raise sufficient funds through individual donations, and mobilize the youth for coordinated action to achieve full cessation of hostilities, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.