Nine northern groups have issued a 14 days ultimatum to the federal government of Nigeria to end mass killings in the North or face mass action.
The ultimatum came as a result of the recent killings by armed Muslim extremists in the north which has claimed thousands of lives and properties.
During an emergency meeting held yesterday in Katsina, the groups decided to take action against the insecurity menace rampaging the region until federal government steps in.
According to a statement signed by the Nine Northern groups which includes; Isa Abubakar of the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria, Yerima Shettima of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Yusuf Idris Amoke of Northern Anti-Corruption Front, Mohammed Salihu Danlami of Arewa Youth Assembly, Murtala Abubakar of Joint Action Committee of Northern Youth Associations,
Dr. Idris Mohammed of CUPS, Gambo Gujungu of Arewa Youth Forum, Muhammad Isah Imam of Northern Youth Forum and Mikailu Abubakar of Arewa Defense League, they in conjunction, asked the APC-led administration to abolish security votes for northern governors and sack service Chiefs, stressing that those people killed are same people that voted the current administration into power late 2015.
The statement reads in parts “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 Muhammadu Buhari en masse to power in 2015 in anticipation 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 Muhammadu 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.
“It is our constitutional duty to raise voices and call attention to the killings that are taking place across states of the Northern region on a daily basis and mobilize 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 horrific experiences in the hands of criminals that seem to have overwhelmed our security agencies is unacceptable.
“The coalition strongly supports the idea of community policing and calls for its immediate implementation nationwide.
“The coalition reiterates here that enough is enough and it can no longer tolerate mindless killings of innocent citizens of northern Nigeria without the government doing much to stop it. The Coalition from today (yesterday), June 15, 2020, give 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 government does the needful”.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News