Northern Elders bemoan lack of political will to fight Boko Haram, others



The Northern Elders Forum, NEF has bemoaned what it described as  lack of political will to fight Boko Haram insurgency and other threats  such as banditry, kidnapping.

 

NEF said this in a statement released Monday and signed by its Spokesperson, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.

 

 

 

 

 

The NEF statement reads in part: “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.

 

 

 

“Obviosly, along with advise and concerns from many other Nigerians, these have made no impression on President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

NEF said “In civilized nations, leaders who fail so spectacularly to provide security will do the honourable thing and resign.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the full text of NEF statement below:

STATEMENT BY NORTHERN ELDERS FORUM (NEF) ON KILLING IN BORNO STATE AND IN SECURITY IN THE NORTH
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.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.Obviosly, along with advise and concerns from many other Nigerians, these have made no impression on President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

 

 

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 expose the misleading claims that our military had secured vast territories from the insurgency.

 

These killings and the reality they expose will make relocation of citizens and resumption of economic activities a lot more difficult to achieve even for a leadership that attaches priority them, and this administration does not.

 

 

 

Elsewhere in many parts of the North, many farming communities have not been allowed by bandits and kidnappers to plant crops.Those who did are being prevented from harvesting by these same criminals.The prospects for famine are real in the face of limited production of food in many of our communities.

 

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.

In civilized nations, leaders who fail so spectacularly to provide security will do the honourable thing and resign.

Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed,Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Northern Elders Forum