- Urge FG to declare state of emergency in Taraba, Kaduna, Benue, Zamfara
By Lateef Ibrahim
A coalition of Northern groups, on Tuesday in Abuja, called for the proscription of all religious groups, political parties or ethnic and tribal organizations that are in the habit of undermining Nigeria’s security, and peaceful co-existence through unguarded utterances and deliberate actions aimed at fomenting unrest and engendering inter-religious and inter-communal conflicts..
This is even as the coalition warned that any further attack on the north from any section of the country will henceforth be met with vicious reaction.
While addressing the media on behalf of the coalition, its spokesperson, Abdulazeez Suleiman equally warned against any attempts to re-write the history of the north to suit certain agendas that tend to portray the Northern Hausa/Fulani and Muslims in bad light and render them as the culprit and the guilty entity.
The coalition, while reeling out several other demands which must be met before peace can return to Nigeria, pointed out that the North will no longer remain passive under such deliberate and sustained attacks on its unity, integrity and dignity, and will henceforth be forced to react to every provocation and unwarranted interference in its affairs.
The coalition of Northern groups called for the immediate proclamation of a Special Intervention Initiative through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Ministries of Finance, National Planning, Agriculture and Water Resources, for supporting special livestock development policies and the establishment of special funds to support pastoral communities along the lines of the Anchor Borrowers Programme and other types of Federal Government interventions.”
It demanded the immediate withdrawal of the quit orders separately issued to the Fulani in the South East by Ohanaeze and to the Northern communities in Delta state by the state government.
The coalition declared that the South East governors, political and cultural leaders and their elders would be held responsible if any harm comes to northerners or their properties as a result.
It pushed for restitution to be made where the pastoral communities are made to suffer losses as a result of the deliberate actions of perpetrators of crimes against them.
According to the coalition’s spokesperson, “The detractors coming from outside the North to foment trouble and escalate tension among our people should be warned that their actions will not go unnoticed and in the fullness of time, they will be held accountable for their instigation to violence and killings of innocent people on both sides involved in the herders and farmers conflicts.
The coalition of Northern groups called on the Federal Government to declare state of emergency in the front line states of Taraba, Kaduna, Benue and Zamfara and also suspend the current political structures in those states and replace them with sole administrators until conditions improve.
The coalition further demanded the proclamation of a National Policy on Grazing and Livestock Development (NPGLD) to cater for the needs of all the pastoral communities everywhere in the country.
The coalition of Northern groups however reminded the elected representatives at all levels that their neglect to stand up and speak out for the truth in this circumstance will definitely form part of the burdens they would have to carry to the 2019 polls.