The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) today requested that President Muhammadu Buhari should order for the immediate re-arrest of some politicians allegedly linked to banditry in Zamfara State.
The politicians were arrested earlier over their alleged complicity in the activities of bandits in the area but later got released.
The group insisted that unless these politicians and their collaborators are re-arrested and investigated, the image of the All Progressives Congress will be tarnished.
The group’s position was contained in a petition jointly signed by the Spokesman of the Coalition, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, and its Zamfara State Coordinator, Bilyaminu Aliyu, which was made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday when it expressed concern over the worsening security situation in Zamfara State.
Citing for instance, the CNG quoted the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations, saying that from the beginning of March to 6th April, there have been 169 civilian deaths in Zamfara alone, compared to 28 in Borno State and 14 in Adamawa.
Their petition read in part: “There has been a growing concern over the level of insurgency, bandit killings, kidnapping, rape, and displacement of entire communities in many states of northern Nigeria.
“Coalition of Northern Groups, disturbed by the bleeding in the North, hereby take the bold and necessary step to address this petition to Your Excellency to draw attention to the emerging trends particularly in Zamfara State that are pregnant with complications and unforeseen consequences.
“By this patriotic representation, the CNG aims to forestall the drift toward anarchy and more bloodshed in Nigeria, and also to alert the Presidency as to where responsibility would ultimately lie if such momentous and terrible events ever came to pass.
“Zamfara State has for long faced problems with armed groups stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom and attacking communities, which has in turn prompted some local people to form vigilante gangs.
“More recently, there has been a growth in informal mining activity in this mineral-rich region, which has attracted people from outside the state, further fuelling instability.
“That Mr President has the obligation to restore the morale of nation’s security and law and order assets by ensuring the immediate end to undue partisan influence on the functions of the police, the Directorate of Security Services and other law and order assets charged with the preservation of the lives and properties of all Nigerians.
“We pray Your Excellency and his government to see this call for the security services to be allowed to carry out their duties unhindered, as a warning from history which repeats itself, according to Karl Marx, once as a farce and twice as a tragedy.
“We urge Mr President and government security forces to renew the resolve to confront the security challenges in Zamfara and other parts of the North with resolve and awareness of their obligations under the law, as well as the knowledge that victory will only be pronounced when the nation achieves full cessation of hostilities, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in the entire region.”