Northern group says Buhari's govt failed on security, calls for ‘regulated self protection'

Northern group says Buhari's govt failed on security, calls for ‘regulated self protection'

- Some northerners are calling for a reorganisation of Nigeria's security architecture in ways that will bring an end to insecurity

- A group identified as the CNG took a swipe at the current administration, saying it has failed Nigerians

- Their anger comes after the recent killings of over 40 rice farmers in Zabarmari area of Borno

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The rise in banditry, killings and other crimes has forced the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) to convene a security review to consider “regulated self-protection”.

According to the group, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has “failed totally” in protecting the lives and properties of citizens, Daily Trust reports.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the CNG opined that Nigerian leaders are a liability who cannot be advised or criticised.

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Part of the statement read:

“In the light of the current general and pervasive insecurity being felt across the north with regularity of attacks, killings, kidnapping, insurgency, highway robberies and the sacking of entire communities and the realization that leaders such as the ones we have, who cannot be advised or criticized, are a liability, have increased our conviction that the only remaining option is for the people to mobilize for a regulated self-protection."
CNG Says Buhari Failed On Security, Seeks ‘Regulated Self Protection
Governor Zulum led horrified kinsmen to bury 43 farmers killed by Boko Haram. Photo credit: @ProfZulum
Source: Twitter

The security review which has been scheduled for December 14 and 15 in Kaduna seeking three things:

  • Comprehensive synergy between states for uniform action as against the against isolated responses that have proved ineffective.
  • Mobilization of broadbased community action.
  • Improvement of security/ community cooperation in especially information sharing imperatives.

This comes barely a week after about 43 farmers were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents Zabarmari, Borno state.

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Presidential aide Garba Shehu had indirectly blamed the farmers, saying they did not get military clearance to go out onto the fields.

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Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai said the insecurity challenges may not be ending any time soon and could extend another 20 years.

Borno state buries the dead

A viral video showed the state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, at the centre stage of the Janazah (the Islamic last burial rite) of the dead farmers.

He was in the midst of grieving locals actively partaking in the burial process of the farmers and helping in the digging and covering of the deceased's resting place.

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The governor was also seen in full of tears, looking forlorn and disturbed by the incident which has raised sundry questions about the commitment of the government to the protection of lives and properties in the country.

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