By Ese Awhotu
The Global Centre for Humanitarian Services Peace and Development (GLOHSPED) described the rising spate of insecurity in Nigeria as worrisome.
The president of group, Mr. Collins Ogokeh-Green stated that the activities of the Boko haram in the North East, the arm bandits in Northwest, the herdsmen-agrarian clash in North Central, ethnic militancy in the South South and kidnapping and herdsmen attack on communities in the South East and South West has continued unabated.
According to the group in a statement yesterday, “ A mix of one or more of these crimes is being witnessed in some states which have negatively affected their peace, security and development.”
He stated that the manner in which the criminal elements raid and perpetrate heinous crimes on communities on multiple front across the land without resistance from the security agencies leaving death, destruction and looting behind in the wake of their operations.
Mr. Collins Ogokeh-Green pointed out that the gruesome murder of Kaduna based medical doctor’s wife and subsequent release of his children by suspected kidnappers, the attack in Chikun and Birnin Gwari local governments of Kaduna state which resulted in 35 deaths and abduction of about 58 others and the attack on Kunben and Kwatas villages of Plateau State by group of armed men which resulted in dozen deaths are unacceptable from security agents of government mandated to protect life and property of its citizenry.
He also noted the Christmas Day 2019 execution of 11 Christians including a bride in Maiduguri, Borno State, the abduction of 4 seminary students and killing of one Christian Nnadi of Good Shepherd Catholic Seminary in Kakau, Kaduna.
“The abduction and horrific execution of Reverend Lawal Andimi, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chapter, Michika local government of Adamawa state by Boko Haram militants is one that cannot be forgotten so soon.
“This action in addition to the continue hostage of Leah Sharibu and the increase spate of killings of priests with little or no decisive intervention by the government will continue to give religious colouration to the activities of the criminal elements in our society and breed suspicion of religious persecution Sequel to the recent outcry by the CAN. Mr. Ogokeh-Green stated that for a government which security is key in its agenda, it has done enough either to protect the life of its citizenry or in bringing the perpetrators to book and giving justice to the families of the victims. The onus is on the government to douse raised suspicion and regain the lost confidence of the public consequent the degenerating security situation in Nigeria.”
Mr. Ogokeh-Green Collins therefore called for the resignation of the Service Chiefs who have failed in their primary responsibility. “There is no justification keeping them in office not when the tenure has expired, he concluded,” he said.