- Zamfara Advocates called on President Buhari to declare state of emergency in Zamfara
- The pressure group acknowledge the efforts of the administration so far but lamented that the security situation has not gotten to the desired level
- The group also asked President Buhari to get rid of security chiefs who are not performing well and replace them with better hands
Zamfara Advocates, a pressure group with focus on issues affecting Zamfara state, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency over insecurity in the northern part of the country.
Due to the unrest being witnessed in Zamfara over the months, scores have been killed and many displaced by suspected bandits in the state and other parts of the northwest.
In a statement on Thursday, May 9, seen by The Cable, Zamfara Advocates acknowledged the effort of the government in fighting insecurity but asked for a lasting relief from the attacks and killings.
The statement reads: “We note these efforts, named Operation Puff Adder, Operation Sharan Daji and the latest security operation ‘Operation Harbin Kunama III’ launched on 1st April 2019, have borne some fruit and provided temporary relief to part of our communities, but it is clear that the improvement in security isn’t across all of Zamfara and has not provided a lasting relief from the attacks, abductions and killings in the state.
“Scores of lives continue to be lost and scores more are daily still been abducted by the armed bandits operating in the state. Media reports that 41 people were killed and 5 kidnapped between April 28th and May 4th 2019 in areas such as Bungudu, Birnin Magaji and Kunkulai in Zamfara state.
“Just last week armed bandits invaded Government Girls Secondary School Moriki abducting staff members and their families in the process."
The group lamented that the ugly development is now extending to neighboring Katsina state forcing communities to relocate to Niger Republic.
The statement continues: “As if the situation in Zamfara is not bad enough, there are now daily reports of these nefarious activities spreading to the neighboring Katsina state forcing communities to relocate to Niger Republic. Existing insecurity in Kaduna state seems to have also intensified with the key Abuja-Kaduna expressway becoming impossible to ply for regular folks. Over all insecurity is at all-time high in the north-west in particular and the north in general."
"We are therefore calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the issue of insecurity and immediately focus his mind on tackling this issue once and for all.”
The group feared the north is now on a precipice and unless something is done urgently, they will tumble into chaos.
It added that there will be immediate, dire consequences if a greater part of people in the north are not able to farm this season as a result of insecurity.
The group also called on the military, other security agencies to set up a transparent process for “weeding out the bad eggs among them”.
President Buhari was also asked to examine those he has given the task of securing Nigerian and get rid of those who have shown themselves to be incapable and replace them with those who can do the job.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari on Tuesday, May 7, in Abuja said he will not let Nigerians down in providing effective and result-oriented leadership that safeguards and ensures a better life for citizens.
He assured that he is conscious of the weight of responsibility on his shoulders.
Speaking after attending the daily Tafsir (Quranic interpretations) marking the month of Ramadan fast at the State House Mosque, President Buhari said the reality of his office weighs heavily on his mind at all times, and he will keep working to deliver an improved life to Nigerians.
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