- Groups in the north have begun to increase calls for the sack of service chiefs
- This came after the kidnap of pupils in Katsina recently by unknown gunmen
- One of the groups have even gone as far as saying people in the north are now living in fear
The abduction of students in the Kankara area of Katsina has increased the agitation for the sack of service chiefs even among northern groups.
A group of northern elders on the platform of the Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development have despaired that the security chiefs are no more in charge in the northern region, The Nation reports.
They alleged that those charged with the responsibility of protecting lives “have been exhausted with nothing more to offer in security service, and have thus emboldened terrorists in their evil activities.
Moreover, the northerners lamented that residents in the geopolitical zone are at the mercy of bandits and armed criminals.
A statement signed by the group's national coordinator, Engr Zana Goni and the national women leader, Hajiya Mario Bichi, read:
“The latest attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara,in Katsina State, where over 333 children are reportedly missing has further confirmed our position that our region is now at the mercy of terrorists, bandits, and other criminal elements.
“And as a result of this, we strongly believe that time has come for our president to bring in fresh hope and clear directions on how best the country will strategize to overcome the present insecurity situation in the country in general.
“Our President was elected by Nigerians and the same Nigerians have spoken through their representatives in the National Assembly.
"Our president should listen to them by dropping the service chiefs, who have since reached retirement age in the military and appoint new ones with fresh ideas to do the job for which we elected him to do."
Women, children protest in Katsina, northern group threatens more action after bandits kidnap school children
Meanwhile, Shehu Sani had lent his voice on the abduction of some pupils in the Kankara area of Katsina.
Sani spoke on the controversy that had ensued in relation to the actual number of kidnapped persons in the tragedy.
The former Kaduna senator opined that like other sad news, this one is a result of the inefficiency of the persons charged with the responsibility of securing lives.
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