by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
A nongovernmental group, ,Northern Consensus Movement,’ has said that Nigerian government has failed and may be complicit in the matter, going by the increasing rate of killing in the region, especially in Southern Kaduna.
“The sheer number of people being killed almost on a daily basis in the Northern states such as Borno, Yobe Adamawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto, and most recently in Southern Kaduna, leaves us wondering, if there is a government saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property as enshrined in the Constitution of this great country, Nigeria.
According to the group, “If there is government saddled with such responsibility, most Nigerians marvel at the indifference and inaction of government to the insecurity situation sweeping across the states of the north unabated, an indication that the Federal Government may be complicit in this matter.
A statement signed by the body’s National Secretary, Jibrilla
indicated that the group recently observed with the utmost degree of dismay, the heightened level of killings across the northern part of this country with the most recent being those perpetrated on the people of Southern Kaduna.
“For more than a decade, Northern Nigerians watched helplessly and without justifiable action from the Federal Government, as their loved ones were massacred with impunity.
“This led the good people of this country to come out en masse, in order to vote out the previous administration in the hopes that a change in the political leadership will come along with the political will to tackle the menace of insecurity across the region,” it stated.
The group in the statement regretted that they never knew that insecurity would spread beyond the Northeast to other parts of Northern Nigeria.
They cautioned the federal government against the planned reintegration of captured Boko Haram terrorists into the security apparatus of the country, while their victims are living in dehumanizing conditions in ill-funded IDP camps across the country.
“These victims and survivors of the carnage of the Boko Haram and other armed bandits deserve the rehabilitation and reintegration programs of the government better than those, who put them into this misery in the first place.
“Setting our priorities right will also help bring an end to the insecurity situation in the country as against rewarding the perpetrators of violence,” they advised.
Northern Consensus Movement stated in clear and unequivocal terms that the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed the North and, by extension Nigerians, since they no longer feel safe in their communities.
“The service chiefs have proven time without number that they are incapable of securing Nigerians; yet, have been allowed to superintend over the crises when more capable hands can be found within the armed forces.
“This has also dampened the morale of our military men, who now lack confidence in the fight against the insurgents,” they asserted.
They therefore, called on the federal government to use its might to proactively put an end to the “senseless, baseless and aimless killings” in the region.