From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
A Group under the auspices of Arewa live Matter has said 7,986 lives have been lost to violence in the country and 7,036 of it took place in Northern Nigeria.
The Convener Arewa Lives Matter, Hon Bilal Adamu Halilu disclosed this a press conference held in kaduna yesterday.
According to him 88% of Nigerian deaths resulting specifically from violence motivated by political, economic, or social grievances occurred in the North.
He added every right thinking Nigerian will agree that none of all these violent deaths are acceptable under any circumstances. Sadly, the above data suggests a Nigerian is eight times more likely to die from violence, if they are based in the North.
Hon said Halilu Government is responsible for provision of adequate security, peace and welfare for Nigerian Citizen, saying Command and control of our security agencies are vested in the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Prior to 2015, Nigeria had severe challenges with insecurity, so when it was time for elections that year, majority of Nigerians gladly elected the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), a retired Major General and former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari. Duly returned as President to solve our deep rooted insecurity challenges.
” At the initial stage, after the APC government took over, there was success in the fight against insurgency. Right from the inaugural speech, the President made some strategic moves resulting in the reduction of bombings and killings of citizens. Nigeria was safer for a while. Unfortunately, within a short period, insecurity worsened and escalated.
“In 2019, Nigerians re-elected the same candidate to make Nigeria safer, better and more peaceful. This was in order to continue the fight against a number of challenges including terrorism, insurgency, cattle rustling, farmer/herder clashes, cybercrime, secession threats, kidnapping and banditry.
As a way forward the Group called for change in the headship of those manning the security architecture in the country.