…Calls for Service Chiefs, IGP’s immediate removal
NORTHERN group under the auspices of Arewa Youth Coalition for Peace, AYCP, have rose against President Muhammadu Buhari, giving him 12 weeks ultimatum to end all forms of killings being perpetrated across the country.
The group, which gave the ultimatum at a press briefing solely organized on the killings, on yesterday in Kaduna, said if the security architecture is federalized as claimed, the President should be held responsible for any death of any Nigerian from activities of terrorists. They also demand for immediate removal of all service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, IGP.
Chairman of the Coalition, Mukhtar Muhammed, said aside the escalation, the killings have severe economic implication on the livelihoods of the Nigerians, particularly Northerners who are predominantly farmers.
The coalition stated that “For us as an NGO, one of our cardinal responsibilities is to promote peaceful coexistence in the region.
Mukhtar said security of live and property is the primary responsibility of every government, saying any government that cannot fulfil this fundamental constitutional obligation has no moral claim to political power not to talk of seeking to remain therein.
“Fellow Nigerians, this has become absolutely incumbent upon us as patriots of our great country in view of the wanton killings in Nigeria, particularly the northern region. Suffice it to say that parts of Zamfara, Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Nassarawa and recently Plateau have now become a large killing field, making live in these places to be, “Nasty, brutish and short”, according to the undying
Words of “Thomas Hobbes.
“We are particularly disappointed and gravely concerned that one of the components of the tripod upon which the President rode to power in the 2015 general elections, which is the security of lives and properties, have become so grossly and ineptly managed to the extent that killer herdsmen, bandits and blood thirsty invaders could go on a killing spree in northern Nigeria, killing helpless Nigerians in the aforementioned states with sophisticated weapons in broad day light for more than 6 hours without response from any of the security agencies in the country.
“We know that there are remote causes to these killings in the region, but we also know that the primary role of government at all levels is the security of lives and properties of all its citizenry as enshrined in section 14 (2b) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
“A government that cannot fulfill this fundamental constitutional obligation has no moral claim to political power not to talk of seeking to remain therein”, he said.
According to the group, “If our country’s security architecture is federalized, then the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces must be held responsible for the death of any citizen from the activities of purveyors of terror, evil and nihilism.
“On July 3rd, 2018, seven policemen and one civilian were killed at a checkpoint in Galadimawa Roundabout, off airport road, in the federal capital territory Abuja by men of the underworld as they now have been known. We not only find these’ killings discomfiting, but we are also upbeat by the fact that the Nigerian police under this IGP that has very little regard for the President or the National Assembly, have not told Nigerians in clear terms who these killers are but have found it convenient to dispatch 30,000 police personnel for the Ekiti State for the elections billed for Saturday 14 July, 2018.
We reckon that in fulfilment of his obligation of the security of lives and properties across the federation, the president needs the support and full corporation of all the state governors, especially of those with whom he shares the same political party. Thus, we find it disgusting, unbecoming and reprehensible that some governors in the region would consider anything else more important than attending the security meeting of the northern region held on
Saturday July 7, 2018 in Kaduna”.they said, demanding that all service chiefs, and IGP be sacked.
“Our stand: We demand that all the service chiefs including the IGP be relieved of their duties with
immediate effect and replaced with competent hands that the president would actively support to do their job toward ensuring that the sacredness and sanctity of human life is restored in our country.
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