The National Response Initiative, NRI has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up and curtail the lingering security challenges bedeviling the northern Nigeria.
This called contained in a Press statement signed by Public Relation Officer of the Initiative, Kabiru Ali Saliff and made available to Arewa Affairs.
Saliff said the NRI after long and extensive meeting chaired by its Chairman Prof. Sule Bello , had in attendance representatives from African Research and Development Agency , One Nation Group , United Democratic Forum , Kano Community Based Organisations , Voice of Widows Orphans and Divorcees of Nigeria , Youth Global Vision for Peace in Africa , Arewa Socio-Economic Project , National Movement for Good Governance and Kano Civil Society Forum.
He said the meeting deliberated and unanimously called on government to bring an end to destructive violence ravaging the region.
” The meeting also unanimously endorses and supports the various calls on government, by Nigerian from all walks of life, to get its acts together and assume control of the security situation in the country in a manner that it is seen to bring to an end the disturbing, destructive and traumatic spate of violence that has today engulfed, in particular, the North-Eastern, North-Central and North-Western parts of the country”.
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Members of the National Response Initiative (NRI) met on 28th June 2020 in order to discuss current insecurity problems in Nigeria. The meeting, chaired by Prof. Sule Bello, had a number of the member organisations of the NRI attending.
Among these were representatives of African Research and Development Agency (ARADA) One Nation Group (ONG) United Democratic Forum (UDF), Kano Community Based Organisations (K-CBOS), Voice of Widows Orphans and Divorcees of Nigeria (VOWAN), Youth Global Vision for Peace in Africa (YGV), Arewa Socio-Economic Project (ASEP), National Movement for Good Governance (NAMOGG) and Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF), in Addition to a few private sector organisations.
The meeting deliberated extensively on the issues and finally agreed to write an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, for the attention of all Nigerians.
The meeting also unanimously endorses and supports the various calls on government, by Nigerian from all walks of life, to get its acts together and assume control of the security situation in the country in a manner that it is seen to bring to an end the disturbing, destructive and traumatic spate of violence that has today engulfed, in particular, the North-Eastern, North-Central and North-Western parts of the country.
Particular attention is drawn to the more recent violent crimes in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Niger states due to the degree to which they represent not only the escalation, expansion and deepening of insecurity in the nation but also the manner in which they further compound the security situation.
The meeting, among other things, calls on the government to desist from arresting people who are legitimately discharging their constitutionally guaranteed rights and demonstrating against the state of insecurity in the country. It should rather be seen to be arresting and prosecuting those who are causing insecurity in the country.
The NRI further recommends that there should be more effective supervision of national programmes and projects by the President and his principal appointees. They need to be seen visiting and personally assessing the situations, especially in crises – ridden areas, so as to provide examples to the state governors, and other categories of leaders, on the need for them to fulfil their supervisory roles more effectively.
In addition the concerned citizens also voice their support of the nation-wide calls for the immediate removal of the serving security chiefs in favour of those who will be seen to act more sincerely, and seriously, in the defence of the country’s national and constitutional interests.
They also further call on the government not to tax salaried staff, and particularly not medical workers, in the name of combating Coronavirus pandemic. Rather the government should use the various donations meant for that purpose in addition to the reduction of its administrative expenditure such as the over-bloated incomes, allowances and office expenses of political appointees, legislators and principal government functionaries.
They further advised the government to concentrate its efforts on honouring its commitments, particularly in these times of pandemic lockdowns, by ensuring that it pays the salaries of all government employees and pensioners, as well as small and medium level contractors who have been ruined on account of the failure of government to pay them their dues.
They further call for immediate restoration of security, law and order in the areas concerned so that normalcy will be restored.
The writers further call on government to establish a special commission in the area to address the destructive consequences of the criminal violence visited on the localities.
At the end the NRI stresses and affirms “that the problems of violent assaults and terrorism, resulting in rape, theft, plunder, arson and kidnapping which have led to the death, maiming, impoverishment and destitution of many be treated with the iron fists that they deserve, in a manner that is designed to promote law and order as well as ensure that justice is done to those who deserve it.
In this regard the government should immediately set up an expanded judicial authority structure for the public trial of all those arrested in connection with these criminal activities. Only in this manner will it be possible to do away with the kind of ethnic mischaracterisation, and stereotyping, that is used to conceal, cover up and avoid going after the actual criminals, and derelict public officials, involved in such dastardly acts.
This will also help the communities involved towards treating, and healing, the trauma associated with such crimes. Furthermore this will greatly help to promote some awareness of the fact that crime does not pay in opposition to the present situation where criminals tend to hold sway while innocent citizens remain dead, injured, impoverished and displaced without any succour, or help, on the horizon. Justice heals but in order for it to do so it must be seen to be done”.
Public Relations Officer (PRO)
Comr. Kabiru Ali Saliff