The Peace builders under the support of Coalition of Concern Northern Elders for Peace and Development, (COCONEPD), have stated that the inability of farmers to farm due to insecurity in some parts of the country would lead to hunger and underfeeding in camps occupied by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
COCONEPD, stated that the insecurity problem has increased the hardship of women and children especially in the North East and the North West region of the country.
The National Chairman of the coalition Dr Mohammed Suleiman and National, Secretary, Mairo Buni, in a statement on Monday, appealed to President Mohammadu Buhari, to assign new service chiefs which would be the first step in resolving the crisis, because it had “reached a boiling point.”
The chairman stated that : “We are compelled by the current state of the nation especially as it affects the security of lives and property in Nigeria particularly in the North to issue this press statement. Food security is being threatened in the North West because of bandits who have been depriving farmers of going to their farms. The deteriorating plights of women and children in North East is on steady increase.Malnutrition is the order of the day in IDPs’ camps across North East. Investors are leaving the country on daily basis because of insecurity. This is dangerous for our economic projections of 2021. No country can fund its budget effectively in the mist of insecurity like Nigeria.”
Buni also added that “ This Coalition became very necessary and urgent to lend our voice to the growing insecurity and call for the sack of the current service chiefs and total overhaul of the security architecture of our country before it is too late.We are worried about President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence despite call by every arm of Nigeria including the National Assembly who are the representatives of the people”.
“Some international organizations and authorities have faulted our security architecture and called for the need to restructure same yet Mr President is still not moved?
“Is he waiting for all Nigerians to die first? In a constitutional democracy the people are the employer of the president and for a president to write his name on gold, he must listen to the people.
“We in this group insist that President Buhari is a good man that mean very well for Nigeria and Nigerians but we strongly believe that he is being misled on a daily basis in the happenings of the security.
“No Nigerian sleeps with his eyes closed anymore. Our roads and homes are no longer safe because of robbery, kidnapping, banditry and Boko Haram terrorists.”
“Apart from Maiduguri town, there is no community in Borno State where our people can sleep with their eyes closed.
“We wish to use this measure to let our president know that Nigerians are really tired of excuses from the service chiefs. Their continuous retention is not doing the country any good.