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North­ern groups be­gin protest against in­se­cu­rity to­day

- By Idowu Isamotu Politics · Coalition

The Coali­tion of North­ern Groups yes­ter­day de­clared that it would stage a protest in all the 19 north­ern states to­day against the se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the re­gion.

Ad­dress­ing news­men in Abuja, the spokesman of the coali­tion, Ab­dul-Azeez Suleiman, 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”.

He said the coali­tion wel­comed the scrap­ping of FSARS and its re­place­ment with SWAT.

He said flayed the re­cent agree­ment reached by the fed­eral govern­ment and the or­ga­nized labour on the elec­tric­ity tar­iff and fuel price hikes.

He also said the youth would si­mul­ta­ne­ously protest against con­tin­u­ous clo­sure of uni­ver­si­ties over the In­te­grated Pay­roll and

Per­son­nel In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (IPPIS)-re­lated is­sues.

“We ob­serve that the au­thor­i­ties ap­pear bent on sus­tain­ing the harsh, un­ac­cept­able regime of ex­ploita­tive hikes in elec­tric­ity tar­iffs for which the north shall bear the brunt more than other parts of the coun­try.

“We de­clare the agree­ment reached by labour with the govern­ment on new elec­tric­ity tar­iff un­ac­cept­able and de­mand the im­me­di­ate, un­con­di­tional re­ver­sal to the old rates,” Suleiman said.

 ?? Photo: NAN ?? Res­i­dents use a flooded bridge to ac­cess their homes at Akienfa com­mu­nity in Bayelsa State yes­ter­day
Photo: NAN Res­i­dents use a flooded bridge to ac­cess their homes at Akienfa com­mu­nity in Bayelsa State yes­ter­day

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