- Some northern elders say they are worried about the insecurity bedeviling Nigeria at the moment
- The elders also lamented that bias on the part of the president to appoint people based on their tribe and religion has fuelled insecurity
- According to the elders, they should have spoken up against the issue a long time ago
Northern elders under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development (CONEPD), have blamed the festering insecurity mostly in the North East and North West geopolitical zones on some leaders and elders of the region.
According to the group, the leaders saw the danger at the beginning of the crisis but refused to tell the truth.
Daily Sun quoted the group's national coordinator, Goni Zana, in a statement on Friday, March 26 saying:
“Mr President must ignore every sectional, regional, tribal and religious sentiment and go for the best hands that can do this job of securing our country.
“The idea of always putting first religion and geopolitical sentiments without looking out for professionalism and competence is the reason why we are at this crossroad today.
“We are in this mess in the north today because some people refused to speak the truth.
“If we continue to make security appointments based on religious and ethnic sentiments, we won’t get it right.”
The group had earlier cried out over the deteriorating security situation in the north, saying the ugly development was going out of control if nothing urgent was done to arrest it.
The elders had lamented that killings of both security personnel and civilians since the beginning of 2021 were alarming, adding that the situation of developments in the region was being downplayed.
They also declared their support for President Buhari's stance that no ransom should be paid to abductors or negotiation be engaged with bandits again.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives may soon pass a Bill for Act, to permit Nigerians from the age of eighteen, to carry arms for self-defence.
A bill to that effect, entitled: “Firearms Amendment Bill,” has already been sponsored by Honourable Adejoro Adeogun.