The coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has issued a three-month ultimatum to President Buhari-led government to safeguard the lives of citizens all over the country or deal with renewed protests.
The groups noted that the federal security forces must carry out proper threat assessments of Nigeria’s security situation and review the poor law enforcement, poor intelligence and lack of synergy among agencies.
The CNG’s spokesmen, Abdul-Azzez Suleiman, in a statement, explained,
“For the avoidance of doubt, the CNG shall see no course in holding back the commencement of renewed protests on a much wider scale if, at the expiration of the three months period, the government’s commitment to safeguarding the lives of citizens all over the country remains mere rhetoric.”
The groups lamented that for a couple of years now Nigerians have steadily lost confidence in the ability of authorities to reverse the uncertainties arising from the cyclical violence, which has continued to ravage particularly the northern part of the country lately.
According to the statement,
”the escalation of attacks on defenseless northern communities by bandits, and insurgents and atrocities of kidnappers among sundry criminal elements, raised a lot of concerns and a raging uproar from an agitated public”.
The group observed that between Monday, June 8, and Saturday, June 13, 2020, the North has lost over 240 lives in several attacks representing the highest number of deaths in such a short period in recent times.
The Nigeria Security Tracker, which compiles violent incidents around the nation stated that 114 persons lost their lives in Borno state alone within this period, with Katsina State following on the list of fatalities, as 75 people were killed.
In the previous week, according to the statement, deaths caused by violent events stood at 183, while between Monday, May 25, and Sunday, May 31, the number of violent deaths reported by the tracker stood at 149.
Source: News update