By Ezeocha Nzeh
After the dust that gather over their controversial quit notice on Igbo to leave the North has settled, the Coalition of Northern Youths has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna and Zamfara States
At a media briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, the Northern youths said that the four states were no longer safe for Nigerians. They insisted that only the imposition of a state of emergency in the affected states would restore peace and unity in them.
The coalition described the four states as “security risk”.
It urged the government to replace the current political structures in the affected states with sole administrators until security conditions improve in them.
The coalition rejected State Police, which the Presidency and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) have endorsed, arguing that the move would be a licence for the governors to formalise their militia and organise sham elections.
The spokesperson for the coalition, Malam Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, supported by other leaders, further called for immediate setting up of a National Pastoralist Commission (NPC) to act on all matters affecting all citizens whose livelihoods depend on livestock rearing.
He said: “We vehemently reject recent calls for the establishment of State Police, which obviously is a recipe for disaster. The State Police is just a licence for the state governors to formalise their militia and set them to hound opponents and assist in organising sham elections. We also view it as a ploy by the Federal Government to abdicate its responsibilities and thus must be resisted by all and sundry.”
While lamenting that the northern region has not benefitted anything from President Muhammadu Buhari, the group reminded the Nigerian leader “of the risk of losing both ways as his new friends in the East would typically desert him when the chips are down. And the North which cast the winning votes for him in 2015 would definitely rise up to look a different way if he fails to take a decisive and definite stand on the current gang-up against a targeted section of Nigerian citizens.”