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Insecurity divides Northern youths as CNO accuses CAKIN of planning civil unrest

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Another northern youth group, under the auspices of ‘Coalition of Northern Organisations’ (CNO), has warned organisers of a planned protest, the ‘Coalition Against Killings in Northern Nigeria’ (CAKIN), to discard the idea, go back and inform their sponsors that “this evil machination has failed.”

The CNO accused CAKIN also of threatening to shutdown government and caused civil unrest to topple democratically-elected government, using the two weeks’ ultimatum issued, describing it as “a joke taken too far.”

At a press conference held at Arewa House Kaduna late night of Tuesday by the CNO spokesman, Comrade Adamu Kabir Matazu, the body described the planned protest as “self serving,” and vowed not to allow what it termed as “politicization of insecurity” in the North.

“It was also the same characters that launched an illegal security outfit with a day-hired branded security vans, which they christened SHEGE KA FASA, and now to ‘Coalition Against Killings in Northern Nigeria’ (CAKIN), using it to issue 2 weeks’ ultimatum and threatening to shutdown government and cause civil unrest to topple democratically-elected government. This is a joke taken too far.

“We are using this medium to warn the organisers of the planned self serving protest to discard the idea and go back to inform their sponsors that this evil machination has failed,” the Coalition submitted.

The coalition also appealed to Northern elders to distance themselves from politics and help the country with other solutions, if they believe that the current approach is not working enough.

“Despite acknowledgement of temporary setbacks, which our security forces will soon overcome, we shall never allow the politicisation of insecurity by those, who profit from an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity,” the Coalition said.

While they described those trying to politicise the development as ‘those, who profit from an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity,’ the coalition believes that the security agents are doing their best to address the security issues, even with some of them paying the supreme price.

According to Matazu, “President Muhammadu Buhari was ushered in with a plethora of challenges, principal of which was a steep and steady decline into a full blown insecurity.

“However, it is on record that the government breasted the tape of the challenge and reclaimed the Nigerian territory previously under the full grips of Boko Haram terrorists and ISWAP collaborators in record time.

“This feat was achieved by the enormous sacrifice of our gallant security agencies.

There is a salient need to applaud the daily sacrifices our men and women in uniform, who against all odds, have continued to decisively deal with issues of insecurity ranging from the remnant of Boko Haram/ISWAP, armed banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminal enterprise.

“We must dispassionately make an assessment of how far we have come as a nation from where we were, with a view to effectively harnessing the gains recorded and channeling same to achieving sustainable peace to guarantee overall national developing, which will in turn force down the vicious forces of darkness exerting adversely on our dear nation. 

“We are not also oblivious of the fact that, recently, there are setbacks and isolated incidents of Boko Haram attacks in Borno State and resurgence of banditry in Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States, which is being unnecessarily amplified by enemies of this nation with active support of political hawks and crisis merchants,” he added.

The coalition also frowned at activities of some groups from the region, describing the conveners as “fear mongers.”

“They came under different nomenclatures such as ‘Coalition of Northern Groups’ (CNG), which they used to threaten Igbo resident in Northern Nigeria, with an ultimatum to go back to the East or risk being killed.”

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