Insecurity: Sack Service Chiefs or face mass protest–Northern youths threaten Buhari

Nazifi Dawud

The Arewa Youth Consultative Council (AYCC) has threatened mass protests across the northern region if President Muhammadu Buhari fails to sack military Service Chiefs over their failure to curb killings, kidnapping and banditry in the region.

Daily Telescope reports that the youths, who addressed a news conference in Kano, also demand the sack of Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works over the delay in completing the Kano-Zaria-Abuja expressway where kidnappers often hold sway.

The AYCC National President, Zaid Ayuba Alhaji lamented that continuous attacks by Boko Haram terrorists, kidnappers and bandits, cattle rustlers and armed robbers on innocent citizens despite the billions spent on the security sector.

According to the group: “As Youth, we demand that the Service Chiefs be changed immediately and appoint competent younger ones with the required energy, vigor and zeal to curb Insecurity as soon as possible. We appreciate the contribution of the service chiefs over these years, let others come and apply different strategy to attain different result.

“Set up Antiterrorism/Kidnapping Volunteer Force (ATKVF)” in all the 19 States of the North that will accommodate every active youths in all villages. Passionate volunteers if properly supported by government; will create unimaginable impact in this fight!.

“Approve the uses of proper weapon by all volunteer force and Civilian JTF including Vigilante, but under the strict training and monitoring of Military and other law enforcement agencies. These Civilian volunteers mostly have ‘special qualities’ that if given weapons shall perform better.

”Encourage intelligence gathering through setting up “Village Intelligence Militias (VIM)” that constitutes basically the locals (Yan’tauri, Maharba, Manoma, Makera, Mahauta). Local people at the grassroot know so much and if engaged adequately in this fight; better result will be realized.

“Compensate all victims of insecurity from 1999 to date. Democracy consider the right to life and peace as the moist sacrosanct pillar. No citizen deserve to suffer or die from all forms of insecurity. Compensation will drastically reduce the high level of poverty and the pains of thousands of families affected by terrorism, most of whom may even support the government to curb the menace.

“Government should immediately engage all stakeholders in the fight against insecurity: Religious clerics,Traditional rulers, Youths leaders, Community elders, Political office holders and Security experts in the 19 Northern states. Let us go beyond community policing, let us engage every capable member of each family and institutions to end Insecurity in Northern Nigeria.

”The Media should be used strategically to honor, encourage, respect and boost the morale of the Military, Police and other law enforcement agents fighting the war against terrorism. It is high time we all start showing much respect to those that always make sacrifices with their lives to save ours.”

AYCC added that: “The Federal Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola should be removed from that office , he may be taken to a different ministry but not Works and housing.

“All scientific and practical evidence showed the capacity of Julius Berger as a company that have the capacity to finish this work before 2021, but we are painfully forced to wait for 8 full years; despite the incessant kidnappings and deaths of our brothers along that road. This is the most important, economic and value added road in the North, just like the Lagos-Ibadan in the South.

“All forms of sufferings and deaths in Northern Nigeria are violently and completely out of justifiable sense. We urgently demand for the quick implementation of these demands. We call on the Government to lead while every stakeholders follows, while we are calling on every human alive to give the best of contribution towards ending this menace for nobody knows the next victims”

Zaid said it was disturbing that lethal weapons like the AK47 rifle and other deadly weapons “are now carried like mobile phones in the hands of criminal elements in Northern Nigeria. What is our hope and what is the future of our younger ones?”

“Another threat facing us is the “freed convicted terrorists” that were released from prisons as a result of recent protests. Most of them are dangerous criminals, specialists in destruction and crimes against humanity.

“The eight Month long academic strike is adding more to the hardship of our youths and automatically creates rooms for youths’ engagement into unwanted activities. Idleness and falls in educational activities constitute some of the worst threats to the future of Nigeria.

“The prediction of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, that terrorism and attacks may continue for the next 20 years, this is the greatest shocks of our lives. Does that mean that we are hopeless and futureless or that we should forget about peace, security and stability in our lives for the next 20 years?.

“The Daily Trust report on ‘why it will take 8 More years to complete Abuja-Kano road’ is threatening insult to the people of Northern Nigeria and yet another threat that will continue to create more loss of lives from road accidents, kidnappings and other forms of insecurity, ” the AYCC said.

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