Over 50 civil society organisations (CSOs) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take action on the carnage across the country.
In a press release on Sunday morning, the organisations lamented about the “decline in security across the nation”.
“In the first quarter of 2021(January to March), we recorded an all-time quarterly high of almost 2000 fatalities from mass atrocities incidents across the country,” they said, adding how peaceful protesters were threatened and attacked by the government’s security agents while terrorists were cuddled and paid.
The statement by the organisations comes days after Buhari had appealed to armed bandits for the release for the 17 kidnapped students of Greenfield University. Buhari made this statement while commenting on the released students of the Federal College of Forestry and Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna State.
The organisations noted the government’s inaction to “terrorist herder attacks on unarmed farming communities”, and how the government had downplayed the severity of “large scale terrorist attacks in the North West” by tagging the criminality as “banditry”.
“We had also demanded that where the President fails to fulfill his constitutional duties as stated above, that he steps aside, or, that the National Assembly initiates impeachment proceedings against him on grounds of gross misconduct as provided for in Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” they said.
“We again call on Muhammadu Buhari led national government and the state governments to rise up to their constitutional duties as enshrined in S14(2)(b), to ensure the security and welfare of all Nigerians, and pull the nation back from the path of destruction.”
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