Some concerned northerners took to the street in Kaduna on Monday, protesting what they described as negative proclamation against the region, insisting that the North is not bleeding but rather, it is healing.
The protesters, under the auspices of the ‘Coalition of Northern Activists for Peace’, (CNAP), declared that, “As much as they are not unaware that, thousands of lives have been lost to insecurity in the North, they can see frantic efforts of the security agencies in curtailing the activities of bandits, terrorists and cyber-propagandas that have been terrorising most northern parts of the country”.
Convener of CNAP, Prince Zubairu Mukhtar, explained that the rally was organised in appreciation of the efforts of the President Buhari-led administration and the security agencies in addressing the challenges that bedevil northern Nigeria.
According to him, “The North has over time been in the spotlight with issues of insecurity, specifically banditry, terrorism and cyber propaganda. We all know that the issues at stake require a multi-stakeholder approach, which is necessary considering the dynamics of the issues that have affected the socio-economic well-being of the peaceful and loving people of Kaduna State and indeed Northern Nigeria.
“It is a known fact that the past twelve years have been challenging, especially with the havoc caused by the activities of the Boko Haram insurgent group and other militant organizations in states like Borno, Yobe, Katsina, Bauchi, Plateau and our dear Kaduna State. It is indeed a statement of fact that the actions of these criminal elements brought sorrow, tears and blood in a most barbaric and condemnable manner.
“As concerned stakeholders in northern Nigeria and in Kaduna State, we cannot feign ignorance to the issues affecting our state and the region, which by all indications are politically motivated. This is in cognizance that successive governments attempted to address the issues. However, their best wasn’t good enough, so much so that we feared that Armageddon had come.
“However, the present administration’s actions towards addressing the issues in Northern Nigeria have been noteworthy, despite the array of conspiracies against it. We knew that it was equally a daunting task, for it would not be business as usual. We knew that the promoters of bloodshed in Kaduna and indeed Northern Nigeria would fight back vigorously. And they did, but to no avail; because we have a president who has displayed an unalloyed leadership, commitment to leaving Nigeria better than he met it”, he said.
While commending what he described as the patriotic effort of the security agencies at bringing the security challenges to an end, he urged people passing negative comments on the region and the efforts of the government and its agencies to desist, so as not to dampen their spirit.