The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari and State Governors over the rising spate of insecurity in the northern part of Nigeria.
In a statement on Sunday, the leader of NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi accused Buhari of issuing threats and promises that have no effect.
He said Buhari and governors have failed to uphold their constitutional duty of security lives of northerners.
Ango Abdullahi noted that the Buhari administration “has failed woefully” in terms of security and welfare of citizens.
He said: “Northern Elders Forum (NEF) is alarmed at the rising insecurity of communities and their properties in the North.
“The recent escalation of attacks by bandits, rustlers and insurgents leave the only conclusion that the people of the North are now completely at the mercy of armed gangs who roam towns and villages at will, wreaking havoc.
“It would appear that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and governors have lost control over the imperatives of protecting people of the North, a constitutional duty that they swore to uphold.
“The situation is getting worse literally by the day as bandits and insurgents appear to sense a huge vacuum in political will and capacity which they exploit with disastrous consequences on communities and individuals.”
“As a responsible body, the forum has joined millions of others in prayers and in giving advice and encouragement to all authorities that have the responsibility to protect our communities,” he added.
The NEF chairman warned President Buhari and governors that northerners have been pushed to the wall.
“The forum is aware that some citizens are contemplating peaceful protests, which are their constitutional rights, to draw the attention of President Buhari and all levels of authority to the plight of people of the North.
“The forum urges all citizens to conduct themselves in a peaceful and responsible manner, and it urges governments to respect the rights of citizens to express their opinions peacefully,” he said.