2023: No Election If Insecurity Persists  – Arewa Youths

2023: No Election If Insecurity Persists  – Arewa Youths
  • Release of captives, liberation of communities ‘a must for voting’
  • Call for NSA’s sacking; say he has run out of ideas

Ismaila Jimoh, Mariam Sanni and Caleb Ishaya, Abuja

As insecurity in the country keeps rising, concerned citizens under the auspices of Arewa Youth Assembly, AYA has said that there will not be an election in “Our region in 2023 if captives are not released, and our siege communities liberated”.

AYA in a statement signed by its Speaker, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, added that, “The Assembly makes bold to state that our youth won’t participate in activities in the build up to 2023 General Elections and the election proper if our brothers and sisters in captivity are not released, and also most of our Local Government Areas and communities that are now under the control of either Ansaru Terrorists in North Central and North West or ISWAP in North East”.

 Besides, the group said that politicians are only welcome to “our region, when we have every reason to believe that our forests are free from bandits and terrorist”.

The statement also quoted AYA as saying, “It shares in the pain and agony of the immediate families and friends of Abuja-Kaduna Train attack victims in captivity and pray to God to intervene through His supernatural powers and set them free”.

Also, the group noted that the growing audacity of non-state actors which led to the invasion of Kuje Medium Prison, Abuja which  led to the release of numerous arrested Boko Haram Commanders shows that even Mr President in the Presidential Villa is not safe, it is just a matter of time, these ragtag elements will draw inspiration from  the Afghanistan Terrorist and take over leadership of our country

“We have observed that this insult to our country’s supremacy wouldn’t have been possible if the National Security Adviser, who is supposed to guide Mr President, had not run out of ideas. Since his appointment over 7 years ago, we strongly believe that the man has run out of steam and does not have anything new to offer, hence, honourably pack his luggage  and return to his retirement destination, where he fails to, Mr President should urgently sack him and get him replaced”, the statement read in parts.

The Assembly said it strongly believed that if the amount of money budgeted for Security and defence were deployed for such purposes, the largely wretched souls in our bushes wouldn’t have been able to withstand our armed forces for just three days. However, Nigerians believe that the Armed Forces remain the most corrupt institution in our country that needs to be properly checked by various anti-graft agencies.

It then called on President Muhammadu Buhari to remember the circumstances behind the bomb explosion in Kawo, Kaduna in 2014 that almost claim life, which would have denied him the God ordained time to be Nigeria’s democratically elected President and come hard on the terrorist elements who are sharing legitimacy of government with him, so as not to allow them kill many future Presidents, captains of Industry, Professors, etc.

The AYA,called for the resignation of National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno or his sacking by President Muhammadu Buhari over the insecurity in the country.

 “Since Munguno’s appointment over seven years ago, we strongly believe that the man has run out of steam and does not have anything new to offer.

 “Hence, the honourable thing for him to do is to pack his luggage and return to his retirement destination. Where he fails to, Mr. President should urgently sack him and get him replaced”.

Recall that part of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria say that every part of the component states of the country shall participate in the election to elect the President. This informed the reason the former President of Nigeria in 2015, shifted the election date to enable the security agencies return calmness in the worried region of North-east especially the Borno and Yobe states. Terrorists’ activities were decimated and peace returned in the areas that enabled the general elections to be held in those affected states.

Also the governors of the Northern states especially the insecurity ridden states have expressed worry and have on many occasions called on their citizens to resort to self help by arming themselves so as to challenge the bandits and terrorists rampaging their communities. Benue State Gov Ortom, Katsina Gov Masari and Zamfara Gov Mattawalle have called and encouraged their subjects to defend themselves.

Recall that AljazirahNigeria had reported that an elder statesman Pa Olu Falae two weeks ago had predicted that the next year’s general election might not hold owing to clear constitutional breaches owing to rampant insecurity

In Nigeria today, it is obvious that no region, zone, roads, are safe. Insecurity has taken over the country, if nothing decisive is not done, insecurity may affect the 2023 general elections.

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