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Arewa youths slam Buhari over handling of national security


• SOKAPU decries fresh killing in Zango Kataf
• Group plans to occupy FCT, 19 northern states’ assembly

Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has derided the Federal Government over rising cases of attacks and killings in the country, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to rise to the occasion and save lives and property.

The Arewa youths’ criticism came on the heels of the alarm raised by Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) yesterday of fresh killing in Zango Kataf Council of Kaduna.

Besides, the youths said it was unfortunate that those saddled with the responsibility to protect lives and property in the country no longer live up to expectation.

In a statement, President of NYCN, Isah Abubakar, explained that Buhari’s government witnessed the killing of more Nigerians than any other government in the country’s history.


“The government of Buhari has witnessed the killing of thousands of Nigerians more than any other government in the history of this country.

“For the progress and security of the country, the president must learn to let go of irresponsible people in his government. The service chiefs must be relieved of their appointments and ministers should be reshuffled,” he stated.

Abubakar urged Buhari to learn to fire anybody in his cabinet that failed to perform, noting that security topped his campaign in 2015.

“It is a fact that President Buhari has failed his citizens from all parts of the nation, and northerners are highly disappointed in his leadership,” he said.

The statement added that Buhari could still make a change if he adhered strictly to good advice.

On the fresh killing in Zango Kataf, SOKAPU said in the morning of June 10, 2020, Yusuf Magaji, 32, and father of two, walked to his farm in Zangon Kataf in the southern part of Kaduna and was murdered.

Spokesman of SOKAPU, Luka Biniyat, pointed out, “Already, Hausa-Fulani community of Zangon Kataf had warned Atyap natives against cultivating some farmlands near the town, which they have been claiming ownership of. This led to a near clash between Atyap youths of Unguwan Wakili and those of Hausa-Fulani community.

“So it was under this uncertain condition of insecurity that Yusuf went to the farm that morning. His non-return, therefore, prompted youths to go to the farm to find out why he had not returned.”

SOKAPU condemned the heinous crime and called for the immediate investigation, so that the killers could be brought to book.

Worried by the worsening security situation and attendant loss of lives in the country, especially in the North, Arewa Lives Matter has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the federal and state governments to urgently address key security challenges besetting nation.

The confederation of several pressure groups threatened to begin indefinite occupation of all Houses of Assembly complexes across 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at the expiration of the ultimatum, if concrete steps to address insecurity headlong were not taken.


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