Some northern elders have cried out to President Mohammadu Buhari about the level of insecurity in Nigeria, saying that the region is under great siege
They called on the President to tackle the issue of of Boko Haram, bandits, and kidnappers, without delay.
The lamented that the nefarious activities of the criminalities have taken its to greatly economic and educational lives of the people
Speaking further, they said that it would take over 100 years to recover from wanton destructions causes by Boko Haram and other criminal elements.
The elders are under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development.
Speaking through their their National Coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni, said that it has become necessary for Buhari to appoint new service chiefs.
The statement reads: “We wish to confirm that the entire north is still under siege from Boko Haram, banditry, Kidnaping and other forms of criminality. This ugly security situation we noticed has been underreported. We are concerned over this poor media coverage by the media.
“The inability of the service chiefs to change the game against terrorists, bandits and kidnappers threatening the continued existence of the region despite the heavy investment made by the president so far to ensure restoration of peace, is no doubt worrisome to us. We believe wholeheartedly too, that this development is a source of great concern to all patriotic Nigerians out there.
“From what is on ground, it would take the North East more than 100 years to recover even if the war stops today.
“As we write this to present our plight to the public, there is no school opened to academic activities in the region, except perhaps in Maiduguri metropolis of Borno State. Farmers can’t go to farms anymore especially in the North East, fearing our concerns of severe famine if the situation is not immediately addressed.
“Also, markets, buying and selling besides other economic activities have been brought to a total halt as a result of the activities of terrorists, bandits and kidnappers. There is equally no social activities anymore in the region as people preferably stay in their various houses now to avert being prowled on by the adversaries.”
The elders commended the president for appointing Gen Buba Marwa (rtd) as the Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) by Buhari.
“We must confess that it is a right step in the right direction because drug abuse is one of the major banes of security in the North. We know his pedigree and we are sure he would deliver on his mandate,” the group said.
“We express our profound gratitude to the president for the appointment of our son, General Buba Marwa as the Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA)
“We must confess that it is a right step in the right direction because drug abuse is one of the major banes of security in the North. We know his pedigree and we are sure he would deliver on his mandate,” the statement added.