Global Upfront Newspapers
Cover News Politics

Insecurity: Northern elders oppose markets, schools’ closure, says they’re imposition of additional hardships

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has kicked against some of the measures taken by some Governors Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger States in order to contain the escalating killings, destruction and kidnappings, saying they are imposition of additional hardships on communities in the region.

The measures included closure of markets, schools and restriction of movement in certain roads, imposition of curfew, ban of cattle movement, shutdown of communications networks.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had ordered telecommunication companies to shut down their base stations in Zamfara State effective September 3, 2021 following incessant abductions of school children.

Kaduna, Katsina and Niger States had suspended weekly markets.

Director, Publicity and Advocacy (NEF), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement, said the measures would embolden the bandits to wreak more havocs.

He said the measures represent virtual economic and social lockdowns on people who had been at the mercy of criminals for a long time.

He said unless the measures were accompanied by an aggressive and effective assault on the banditry and kidnapping industry, “they’ll merely add to the misery and hopelessness of our communities”.

“Worse, they could further embolden the bandit and the kidnappers when it becomes clear that governments and security agencies cannot go beyond lockdowns on communities.

“Communities themselves will lose even more faith in the capacity of the Nigerian State to respond to their desperate circumstances. The perception that communities are on their own must never be allowed to take deeper roots, but it’ll, when people see only the bandit and the kidnapper winning.”

He urged the federal government to assist states to relieve communities living under additional pressures.

“State governments imposing additional hardships on communities must know that the measures they’re introducing must produce tangible results within a period that makes them meaningful and tolerable,” he said.

Advertize With Us

See Also

Supreme Court Slams Senior Lawyers, APC as it Affirms Diri as Bayelsa Governor

Global Upfront

English FA Charge Cristiano Ronaldo With Improper Conduct For Slapping Mobile Phone Out Of Teenage Fan’s Hand After Manchester United’s Defeat To Everton In April

Global Upfront

Don’t Call Nigeria a Failed State, says Foreign Affairs (U.S.)

Global Upfront

Allegation of Military Attack Against Igbo Communities Misleading, Attempt to Whip Up Sentiments for IPOB/ESN

Global Upfront

COVID-19: Funke Akindele’s Co-offenders declared wanted

Global Upfront

Nigerian Army lied, didn’t rescue 20 Policemen as cclaimed, says Yobe Police Command

Global Upfront

Nigeria: Troops Destroy Boko Haram/ISWAP Illegal Market in Damask, Kill 3 Terrorists

Global Upfront

Ambassadorship doesn’t protect against war crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, U.S. group

Global Upfront

India: Why Kidney (Harvesting) Rackets Thrive

Global Upfront

Footballer Kurt Zouma Fined By West Ham, Dropped By Adidas For Mistreating Cat

Global Upfront

This website uses Cookies to improve User experience. We assume this is OK...If not, please opt-out! Accept Read More