The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has bemoaned the worsening security situation in the North under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The elders said the current circumstances in the Northern region clearly demonstrated that Buhari’s government has failed woefully.
NEF stated this in a statement by its convener, Professor Ango Abdullahi on Sunday.
According to the forum, the recent upsurge in attacks by bandits, rustlers and insurgents had left the only conclusion that the northern region was now completely at the mercy of armed gangs, who roam towns and villages unhindered wrecking havoc.
Noting that Buhari should know that provision of security and pursuit of economic welfare of citizens were the only two constitutional responsibilities of the state which all leaders must achieve, NEF said:
“Our current circumstances in the North clearly demonstrate that President Buhari’s administration has woefully failed to achieve either. This is unacceptable.We demand an immediate and comprehensive improvement of our security in the North.”
Further lamenting the situation, the group said, “It would appear that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and governors have lost control over the imperatives of protecting people of the North, a constitutional duty that they swore to uphold.
“The situation is getting worse literally by the day. Bandits and insurgents appear to sense a huge vacuum in political will and capacity which they exploit with disastrous consequences on communities and individuals.”
The forum said that never in history was the North exposed to a level of criminality where people got attacked, killed, maimed, raped, kidnapped, villages burnt and cattle rustled while President Buhari issues threats and promises without effects.
“The situation under which our communities from Kogi to Borno States, from Sokoto to Taraba States live is no longer tolerable. As a responsible body, the Forum has joined millions of others in prayers and in giving advise and encouragement to all authorities that have responsibility to protect our communities.
“It is now time to say, enough is enough. Our people are known for their patience and respect for constituted authorities, but all governments must be aware by now that all Northerners have been pushed to the wall,” NEF said.
The group said it was aware that some citizens were planning peaceful protests to draw Buhari’s attention and all levels of authority to the plight of people of the North.
It called on such people to conduct themselves in peaceful and responsible manner.
It also urged governments to respect the constitutional rights of citizens to express their opinions peacefully.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
SPECIAL REPORT: Illegal miners degrade Ekiti community, engage in child labour
The activities of illegal miners in a community in Ekiti State have caused degradation of the environment, as miners engage...
SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the illegal trading of forest woods in Cross River community
“With a N20,000 bribe, an external buyer can influence the youth in host communities , Cross River State, to cut...
SPECIAL REPORT: Enugu govt watches as waste takes over state, threatens public health, environment
In this report, Arinze Chijioke looks at how delays in evacuation of waste in Enugu State encourages indiscriminate waste disposal, its health implications, and how...
INVESTIGATION: NDDC awards N1bn road contract to poultry farm
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in what appears a breach of procurement laws, awarded a contract worth N1.028 billion...
FEATURE… Hard job, low income: Agony of Nigerian commercial drivers
Amid increase in fuel price over the years, coupled with bad roads and insecurity in Nigeria, many commercial drivers have...