Coalition Of Arewa Groups Hails FG’s Decision To Protect Citizens

By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna

Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), has hailed government’s determination to provide adequate security to all citizens living in any part of the country.

CNG observed that government’s initial silence throughout the recent weeks when various southern leaders and regional organizations were busy issuing incendiary threats and vituperations against the Fulani and northerners living in the South smacked of discriminatory application of the important constitutional provision.

CNG spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman in a press statement issued on Thursday said, “We are even more encouraged by the heart-warming attempt made to assure Nigerians of government’s determination to provide adequate security to all citizens living in any part of the country as contained in the nation’s constitution.

“It is apparent that government’s initial silence throughout the recent weeks when various southern leaders and regional organizations were busy issuing incendiary threats and vituperations against the Fulani and northerners living in the South smacked of discriminatory application of this important constitutional provision.”

CNG observed that government’s initial silence throughout the recent weeks when various southern leaders and regional organizations were busy issuing what they called incendiary threats and vituperations against the Fulani and northerners living in the South smacked of discriminatory application of the important constitutional provision.

The statement added, “CNG feels encouraged by the sudden response by President Muhammadu Buhari to the advice for the Fulani herdsmen residing in the South to return home if their safety was no longer assured in the face of flagrant threats and intimidation.”

CNG said prior to the President’s response, they found it more inexplicable and disturbing that government kept mute and allowed what they called errant behaviour from some southern leaders and groups only to find its voice when threatened northerners were advised to consider returning home to safety.

CNG asked, “We are thus compelled to wonder what happened to the constitutional safeguard available for northerners when the government they played a key role in ushering abandoned them to the mercy of cold-blooded killers without corresponding concern or care.

“Should we assume that the hundreds of people being displaced, despoiled and depopulated in Katsina, Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, Niger and other parts of the North are not deserving of protection and support?

“It is astonishing that the death of the daughter of an Afenifere chieftain, in the hands of unknown assailants, painful as it is, should trigger more robust and timely response than that of the large scale and massive killings being witnessed in the above mentioned northern states.”

Finally, CNG said they wholeheartedly welcome the assurance given by Mr. President and his government to protect and guarantee the safety of all Nigerians anywhere they are including the threatened herdsmen in the South.

“We however wish to remind Mr President and the government that Northerners would hold them fully responsible should any one of them fall victims of the consequences of the concerns we raised,” CNG observed.

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