Taking a leaf from the recently disbanded regional security outfit created by the Southwest governors – Amotekun, the Coalition of Northern Groups has resolved to form its own regional security outfit codenamed ‘Shege-ka-Fasa’.
A statement on Saturday, the CNG’s spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the move became necessary following “the apparent failure of the government to discharge its primary duty of protecting the lives and properties of all citizens”.
According to the group, ‘Shege-ka-Fasa’ will serve as extra measures for self-protection in the prevailing insecurity situation in the region.
The groups said: “In the prevailing circumstances, the North is even more genuinely entitled to be angry at the rate its people are attacked, killed, towns and villages vandalized, innocent citizens including children abducted, and terrorized, families traumatized and communities displaced on a daily basis.
“All this while, the North has persevered in a dangerous security environment fueled by outside interests that thrive on the supply of such deadly merchandise as hard drugs and other harmful substances and the Proliferation of arms into the region.
“With the current level of anger, frustration, and uncertainty that is fueling communal disharmony and mutual distrust, CNG believes that the North should as well take similar steps to arrange for the protection of the region and its people from these daily attacks and destructions.
“Thus, failure of the authorities to provide proof of its capacity to protect citizens in all parts of the North as minimum evidence that they are serious about their responsibilities, would leave the people with no option than to resort to forming an Arewa Security Initiative to secure their people’s lives with the proposed codename “ShegekaFasa”, the statement read in part.