From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
Worried over the continues killing in northern region, a group under the aegis of Arewa Research Development Project (ARDP), under the leadership of Dr. Usman Bugaje has said the North is on fire and that soon, the region would pursue cases of human right abuses against its citizens.
Dr. Bugaje, who disclosed this in an interview with Peoples Daily in Kaduna, in preparation for an ARDP conference on ‘Security and Human Rights in the North’, to be held on Tuesday, in Kaduna, said the North has been the victim of insecurity more than any part of this country..
He explained that northerners have lost so many precious lives as a result of insecurity, which prompted their group to rise up and face challenge of restoring peace in the region.
“Whether you are talking of Boko Haram in the North-East or so-called cattle rustlers in North-West or the Fulani, Jukun crisis in the North-Central or in Nasarawa or where ever, it is still the North that is suffering. The people have lost lives very precious lives; people have lost properties, markets cannot open, people cannot even go to the farm so many terrible things; and the whole North is going down the drain.
“We have reasons to believe that there is absent of political will to deal with these and therefore, it becomes necessary to come together and look at these issues and start thinking of what to do, as northerners, to address these issue of insecurity.
“So, the conference ARDP is holding between June 10 and 11, at Arewa House, Kaduna and is all about insecurity in the North. We want to pursue the issue of human rights. There were people killed extra-judicially; there are people who have been humiliated, whose houses were violated; so many terrible things and nobody is taking any action on these.
“We want to take actions on these we feel this conference must create a mechanism through which actions can be taken; because nowhere in the world can you do this in this 21st century and get away with it. So, we are going to pursue, through appropriate mechanism, the restoration of human right abuses of people of the North,” he said.
People expected at the conference include the Chairman, Weterrang Paul Unongo, Borno state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, Professor Kyari Mohammed, Malam Buhari Bello General Emmanuel Abisoye, Inspector-General of Police.
Other important dignitaries are AVM Muktar Mohammed, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav (CP rtd), and General John Shagaya.