by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Former member, Federal House Representatives from Kaduna State, Honourable Shehu Bawa, who is son to Alhaji Bawa Garba, popularly known as “ABG,” has voiced out that, the current set of elected and appointed officials of Northern extraction at federal and state government levels have failed the region’s electorates.
Hon. Bawa, in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna during the week lamented that a situation where armed bandits continue to invade settlements, maiming, killing, kidnapping, looting and leave with their conquests unchallenged, is unacceptable.
He said “The current set of elected and appointed officials have failed northern electorates in particular. I don’t think they have something tangible to offer, despite their unending promises ‘to safeguard lives of their subjects.’ ”
Shehu ABG, who was Special Adviser to former Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, on Special Duties, challenged states facing acute security challenges to form a joint community-based security outfit with the sole aim of confronting bandits and other criminals headlong.
According to him, it was the only way they could save their people from gradual annihilation, adding that the once peaceful northern region has now become killing ground and home of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in several refugee camps.
He also stated that, there is need for the affected states in the north to emulate the Southwest state security outfits introduced to curtail insecurity in parts of their regions.
On the failure of the government and security agencies, he advised that the inhabitants should think towards making local vigilante groups more vibrant to partner with the already existing security outfits to put an end to the frequent killing going on in the country, especially in the northwest and northeast.
The former Federal Legislator queried the wisdom in keeping Service Chiefs in the face of rising insecurity, and urged President Buhari to effect necessary changes in security architecture of the country so other officers next in seniorities with better ideas on how to tackle insecurity, would take charge.
“It has been reported that people in distress in the hands of these killers have called necessary security help but troops usually surface after bandits would have left, leaving behind sorrow and blood.”