“Save Nigeria from bandits in 2022”, Arewa leaders urge Buhari

…’Insecurity will affect elections’ – CNG warns…As President promises to seek support, in New Year message

The Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to improve the poor security situation in the country in 2022, reminding him that this was the primary reason the majority of Nigerians voted him into power in 2015. 

The ACF National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, who stated this in an interview yesterday, reminded the President and his Security Chiefs that Nigerians want to feel safe and secure anywhere in their country from this year on. 

The ACF also charged governors and local government chairmen to support the Federal Government by employing means of tackling the menace of bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements. 

Yawe said, “It behoves the president to secure the nation from clutches of Boko Haram insurgents, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, bandits, armed robbers, etc. We want to see that those behind these dastardly acts are apprehended and prosecuted. This is the only way the security situation will change. If those behind these crimes are allowed to go scot-free, when will the insecurity in our land disappear?

“Everybody must join hands to ensure that the security challenges are surmounted in 2022. Many farmers have been killed. Many farmers have abandoned their farms. Food scarcity looms. Our children’s education is being threatened. Our hospitals have been deserted. Governments, at all levels, must act”.

In the same vein, the Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG) advised the Government to start “the process of disengagement, disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration and reconstruction” within the next few months. The CNG, which made the request in an issued statement by its spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said unless this is done quickly, the 2023 elections would be “greatly threatened” and this would affect the nation’s democratic progress and set the country back several decades. 

Meanwhile, President Buhari has said his administration would seek collaboration with international partners and neighbouring countries by exploring diverse strategies at addressing security at the grassroots to check the spate of insecurity in the country. Buhari, who stated this yesterday during his 2022 New Year broadcast to Nigerians, said although his administration had made significant gains against insurgence, he was aware of the challenge ahead.

While acknowledging that the spate of insecurity in certain parts of the country had derailed the gains achieved in the real sectors of the economy in recent times, the President promised that his administration would leverage ICT platforms to create jobs, while the diversification of the economy is expected to aid the emergence of other sectors.

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