- A coalition of the northern groups, CAKIN, has sent a warning message to President Buhari over incessant killings in the north
- The group asked the president to sack all the service chiefs without further delay
- According to the statement by the coalition, the president was advised to end the killings in the north within 14 days or face mass protest
A group, the Coalition Against Killings in Northern Nigeria (CAKIN), has condemned the incessant killings of innocent people in the northern part of the country.
Legit.ng reports that the coalition in a statement it issued on Monday, June 15, at Arewa House, Kaduna, lamented that the elected governments at both the federal and state levels have failed in their primary responsibilities of protecting lives and property of the citizens.
The coalition comprises the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria led by Isa Abubakar; Arewa Youth Consultative Forum led by Yerima Shettima; Northern Anti-corruption Front led by Yusuf Idris Amoke; Arewa Youth Assembly led by Mohammed Salihu Danlami; Joint Action Committee of Northern Youth Associations led by Murtala Abubakar; CUPS led by Idris Mohammed; and Arewa Youth Forum led by Gambo Gujungu.
It said that despite being a retired soldier in the Nigerian Army and being at the helms of affairs in the country for five years, President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has failed to tame the ugly incident of insecurity in the country.
The coalition further stated that instead of reducing insecurity in Nigeria, the country ha witnessed the highest numbers of avoidable killings and loss of property in a manner that history has never witnessed before.
"It is on a sad note that this coalition wishes to remind the federal government and government at all levels, that the primary responsibility of government anywhere particularly the one that was democratically elected by voters is to protect the lives and property of citizens.
"Recall that Nigerians particularly northerners voted President Muhammad Buhari en-mass to power in 2015 in anticipations that as a former military head of state, and a retired general, he is positioned to deal decisively with all forms of threats to the security of our people, particularly challenges of Boko Haram that had caused hardship and unprecedented destruction of lives and economic activities.
"Alas, five years into President Muhammad Buhari’s tenure instead of reducing insecurity, it has escalated thereby exposing great numbers of our people to avoidable deaths and loss of property in a manner that history has never witnessed before," the statement read.
The coalition further stated that as patriotic citizens, it has constitutional duty to raise voices and call attention to the killings that are taking place across states of the northern regions on a daily basis and mobilise citizens on how to constructively engage government at all levels and make demands to end the killings.
"The coalition is saying enough is enough and an end must be put to the mindless killings of our people particularly in the villages, and the nonchalant attitude displayed by government and its agencies to the plights of people going through a horrific experience in the hands of criminals that seems to have overwhelmed our security agencies," it added.
The coalition, therefore, resolved as follows that:
"President Muhammad Buhari as commander in chief should immediately relieve the service chiefs of their duties.
"All security personnel who are living above their legitimate earnings should be investigated and prosecuted immediately; security votes by the state governors be abolished without a second thought.
"From today June 15, 2020, gives a 14-day ultimatum to the federal government to end killings in the entire states of the north. After the expiration of this ultimatum, any reported case of killings will leave the coalition with no option than to mobilize citizens to take to streets until the government is completely shot down."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Mallam Shettima Yerima, the president, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), sent a warning message to some ethnic groups including Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to stop peddling lies against him or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.
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