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CSOs task Buhari on insecurity, seek sanctions for ‘incompetent’ officials


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•Gbong Gwom Jos condoles with Tiv Tor
Over 70 civil society organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room yesterday enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately stem the insecurity in the country and punish his appointees found wanting.

The Situation Room works towards ensuring fair, credible and transparent elections in Nigeria. Its membership includes Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC); CLEEN Foundation; Action Aid Nigeria; Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD); Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI); Enough is Enough Nigeria; WANGONET; Partners for Electoral Reform; Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and WREP.

Others are Nigeria Women Trust Fund; JDPC; Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA); Development Dynamics, Stakeholders Democracy Network; Human Rights Monitor; Election Monitor; Reclaim Naija; Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.


The list also consists of CITAD, Alliance for Credible Elections (ACE); RECHDI; WREP; CISLAC among others.

The coalition expressed concern over the current state of affairs, particularly the levels of insecurity, kidnapping, killings and criminality, noting that the security agencies have exhibited ‘incapacity and incompetence’ to deal with the problems.

In a statement in yesterday in Abuja, the Clement Nwankwo-led Situation Room contended that the nation appears to be descending into chaos before “our very eyes and the government’s inability to confront the challenges and provide security for our people is becoming very frightening.”

It said: Citizens are seriously losing faith in the ability of the security agencies to protect their lives and secure their properties. Never before has the effectiveness and competence of our security agencies been questioned this much.

“Besides the incapacity and incompetence of the security services are the other major concern that the security services have failed to apply evenness, balance or fairness in the manner in which they carry out their work.”

On the upcoming 2019 general elections, the Situation Room said it was determined to effectively monitor the exercise nationwide.

Also yesterday, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Dr. Jacob Gyang Buba, paid a condolence visit to the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, over the murder of over 70 persons by suspected herdsmen on New Year day.

The chairman Plateau Council of Chiefs whose condolence message was delivered by HRH Da Edward Bot, Da Gwom Rwey of Barkin Ladi and HRH Da Gyang Balak of Da Gwom Rwey of Vwang, expressed his heartfelt sympathy to the monarch and the entire Benue people over what he described as dastardly act of man’s inhumanity to man.

The Gbong Gwom stated that although similar calamities had befallen them on the Plateau and other communities in the country, he, however, noted that the intensity of the perpetrators in the Benue’s incident was beyond imagination.

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