Insecurity in the North: Arrest bandits, not critics – Concerned Nigerians group tells Buhari

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Civil rights group, Concerned Nigerians has asked the Nigerian Police to immediately release the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Mr. Nastura Sharif who is currently being detained for leading a protest against insecurity in Northern Nigeria.

The Herald recalls that on Tuesday, some members of the coalition protested in Katsina, calling on Aminu Masari, the governor and President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over their inability to safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians in the North.

CNG’s Director of Operations, Aminu Adams explained that they were invited few moments after the protest by the state Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba for interrogation and Sharif was detained.

Reacting to the development, the Concerned Nigerians group in a statement signed by its Convener, Deji Adeyanju berated the Federal government and the Police for allegedly being intolerant of dissent.

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“We are greatly worried that the President is arresting critics of his sheer incompetence in the handling of security situations in the North instead of the bandits killing Nigerians. The president should arrest the bandits and not patriotic citizens speaking up against the gross incompetence of the government. A government that negotiates and begs bandits cannot be arresting critics.

“The president needs to show leadership and stop arresting those criticizing him. We are in democracy and this system of government gives the citizens the right and freedom to hold elected public officials accountable”. If the president can’t tolerate dissents, then, he should be courageous enough to resign. Freedom of assembly is one of the most fundamental rights of the citizens in a democracy,” Adeyanju said.

The Concerned Nigerians Convener further stated that the “primary responsibility of any government is the security of lives and property of its citizens, and President Muhammadu Buhari and the governor of Katsina, Aminu Bello Masari have greatly failed.

“All the energy being expended by the Police in arresting Mr. Nastura Sherif and other Concerned Nigerians who protested on Tuesday in Katsina should be channeled into taming the monstrous bandits terrorizing the people of Katsina and other parts of North”.

“We are solidly behind Nastura Sherif and we call on the Nigerian government to release him immediately from detention.”

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