BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The Northern Consensus Movement (NCM) on Tuesday said that the indifference and inaction of the government to the insecurity situation sweeping across the states of the North unabated, is an indication that the Federal Government may be complicit in this matter.
NCM said; “We wish to state in clear and unequivocal terms that the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed the North and by extension Nigerians since we no longer feel safe in our communities”.
This is as the group said that if the Federal Government set the nation’s priorities right, it would go a long way to help bring an end to the insecurity situation in the country as against rewarding the perpetrators of violence.
It therefore cautioned the Federal Government on the planned reintegration of captured Boko Haram terrorists into the security apparatus of the country while their victims are living in dehumanizing conditions in poorly funded IDP camps across the country.
NCM further noted that while the victims and survivors of the carnage of the Boko Haram and other armed bandits that deserve rehabilitation and reintegration programmes of the government are left to die slowly, the perpetrators of the carnage that put them into untold hardship and misery are being given succor in the name of “repentant insurgent”.
These were contained in a statement issued by the National Secretary of Northern Consensus Movement, Mr Jibrilla Madu Gadzama, who called on the Federal Government to use its might to proactively put an end to what it described as “the senseless, baseless and aimless killings” instead of the regular reactive approach it adopts when the unfortunate and needless incidents occur.
The statement further said; “We have recently observed with the utmost degree of dismay, the heightened level of killings across the northern part of this country with the most recent being those perpetrated on the people of Southern Kaduna.
“For more than a decade, Northern Nigerians watched helplessly and without justifiable action from the Federal Government, as their loved ones were massacred with impunity.
“This led the good people of this country to come out en masse to vote out the previous administration in the hopes that a change in the political leadership will come along with the political will to tackle the menace of insecurity across the region.
“Little did we know that insecurity would spread beyond the North East to other parts of Northern Nigeria.
“The sheer number of people being killed almost on a daily basis in the northern states of Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe and most recently in Southern Kaduna, leaves us wondering if there is a government saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property as enshrined in the Constitution of this great country, Nigeria.
“The service chiefs have proven time without number that they are incapable of securing Nigerians yet have been allowed to superintend over the crises when more capable hands can be found within the armed forces.
“This has also dampened the moral of our military men who now lack confidence in the fight against the insurgents”.