Zamfara crisis: Declare state of emergency now - Civil societies tell Buhari

Zamfara crisis: Declare state of emergency now - Civil societies tell Buhari

- Civil societies and members of academics have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency in Zamfara state

- They said declaration of a state on emergency will enable federal government provide solution to series of attacks in the state

- It also called for renewed commitment of the leadership of the security agencies as part of a effort to accelerate the war against mass murder

In the wake of the continuous attack on innocent and unarmed citizens that has been deluging Zamfara, President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked by notable Nigerians in academics and civil societies to declare a state of emergency in the state.

Daily Trust reports that the group, which comprised Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and academics, made this call in a joint press statement on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

Legit.ng gathers from the statement that the societies said declaration of a state of emergency will enable federal government provide solution to series of attacks on Zamfara communities recently.

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According to the statement collectively signed by Professor Jibrin Ibrahim (Centre for Democracy and Development), Dr Abubakar Siddique Mohammed (Centre for Democratic Research and Training) Prof Massoud Omar (Centre for Democratic Research and Training, Zaria), Dr. Saluihu Zubairu Mustapha (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria) and Mohammed Abubakar Nasiru (Ahmadu Bello university, Zaria), the action will pave ways for solution.

It read: “In the last few years, Zamfara state has been subjected to massacres and the killing of thousands of innocent citizens, mainly rural folks. The brutality with which these attacks are carried out are unprecedented in recent times in any part of Nigeria.

“The outbreak of riots in Tsafe local government on Saturday, December 22, 2018, which according to some reports, have led to the deaths of over 100 people in the villages of Asaula, Kwadawa, Dogon Kawo, Mandaba, Yanza, Kulutu,Sakkya and Fegin Dakai, all in eastern Tsafe, has again brought to the fore the issue of insecurity in Zamfara state.

“On Monday, December 24, thousands of scared citizens in the state came out en masse to protest, demanding that the Nigerian state protects them from killers and bandits who have killed over one hundred people in the past two weeks, burnt their houses and destroyed their farmlands and rustled their cattle.”

In the statement, the group warned of looming anarchy in Zamfara state, adding that the leadership of the country should not arm fold itself in the wake of death of innocent souls.

It said: “Government should interact frequently with community leaders and other relevant stakeholders in the search for lasting solution to the crisis.

"We call for the renewed commitment of the leadership of the security agencies as part of a renewed effort to accelerate the war against terrorism, insurgency, mass kidnapping and mass murder.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the residents of some parts of Zamfara state on Monday afternoon, December 24, staged protest the complaining against insecurity in the state.

According to the reports, the protesters, mainly residents of Tsafe local government area of the state, in the early hours of the day, barricaded the Gusau-Zaria highway linking the state to Kaduna, Kano, and Abuja.

An eyewitness disclosed that the protesters destroyed political billboards of President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari.

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