The Coalition of Northern Groups on Wednesday announced it’s intention to stage a protest in all the 19 northern states today, Thursday, against the security challenges in the region.
Spokesman of the coalition, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman while addressing the press in Abuja, said the coalition would mobilise hundreds of youths in the region to the streets until their demands are met.
He said: “We observe that while the southern elected and appointed leaders and representatives are quick to identify with their people at the time of need, their counterparts from the North, including the President, the Senate President, Senators, Rep members, governors, state legislators and other government appointees would rather abandon the hundreds of thousands of people in northern communities exposed to crime, lawlessness and insecurity in the hands of bandits, insurgents, kidnappers, rapists, rustlers, and other violent criminals without any form of protection.
We observe that it is contradictory that despite several protests and pleas by northerners, the authorities never deemed it fit to extend the swift spirit deployed against FSARS into securing the North, or addressing the myriad distresses faced by northerners.
“In the light of the foregone observations, the CNG is left with no option but to direct the extension of the protests to all northern states, commencing from Thursday, October 15, 2020”.
Suleiman said the coalition welcomed the scrapping of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and its replacement with Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT).