Insecurity: Northern Elders' Forum Asks Buhari To Resign
The Northern Elders' Forum has asked President Buhari to resign if he cannot secure the nation and ensure the protection of lives and property of citizens whom he swore to protect.
The call followed the gruesome killings of 68 farmers in Borno State by the fiendish Boko Haram militants.
The Forum is miffed by the terrible incident, saying life has lost value under President Muhammadu Buhari's Administration
In a statement its spokesman, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, NEF said that it was regrettabble that the lives of Nigerians no longer have value under the present administration due to the constant attacks and killings of innocent citizens.
According to the firum, the President has failed in a key factor for which Nigerians voted in him as president.
To them, the President Buhari should toe the path of honour and resign for failing to ensure the security of the Nation.
According to the statement, “Northern Elders Forum (NEF) joins Nigerians in expressing outrage at the killings of farmers in Borno State and many other people on a daily basis in many parts of the North. Our voices have been raised without pause for a long time against pervasive insecurity in our region.
“Under this administration, life has lost its value, and more and more citizens are coming under the influence of criminals. We do not see any evidence of a willingness on the part of President Buhari to honour his oath to provide security over Nigerians. ”
The northern elders also asked President Buhari to resign if he cannot secure the nation and ensure the protection of lives and property of citizens whom he swore to protect.
The cited prevalents threats to lives and property in the Northern part of the country to include Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, rustling, and kidnapping.
The forum called for immediate intervention and solution by the Federal Govrrnment.
NEF added, “In civilized nations, leaders who fail so spectacularly to provide security will do the honourable thing and resign. Our voices have been raised without pause for a long time against pervasive insecurity in our region.
“We have consistently drawn attention to lack of political will to fight the Boko Haram insurgency and other threats such as banditry, rustling, and kidnapping.
“We had offered suggestions on how the security infrastructure could be improved and leadership of the military could be made more effective,” they said.
The Northern Elders chided the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, over his response to the he Boko Haram killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State.
They described his statement as 'most insensitive'.
“These particular killings have been greeted by the most insensitive response by spokespersons of the President. The lame excuse that farmers had not sought permission from the military to harvest produce merely exposed the misleading claims that our military had secured vast territories from the insurgency.”
The leaders said, “The killings and the reality they expose will make relocation of citizens and resumption of economic activities a lot more difficult to achieve even for leadership that attaches priority to them, and this administration does not.”