Northern elders on Saturday urged the Federal Government to order an “independent forensic investigation into the expenditure of the Armed Forces from December 2015 till date.”
The northern elders noted that insecurity and hunger were reasons behind the continous #EndSARS protests by youths in Nigeria.
The elder under the Coalition of Northern Elder for Peace and Development called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to “urgently arrest the erring police officers and hoodlums responsible for the attacks.”
The elders also condemned the killings, intimidation and harassment of protesters by men of the Nigeria Police Force.
These were contained in a communique issued on Saturday evening after a meeting held in Abuja.
The communiqué was signed by Zana Goni, North East; Dr Mohammed Suleman, North West; and Prof Ofa Afolabi; North Central.
The northern elders noted that President Buhari has to restore public confidence in security agencies by immediate restructuring beginning with the sack of service chiefs.
The communique reads below in parts;
“We support in totality the continuous peaceful protests by Nigerians across the country over police brutality and call on the protesters to remain focused and peaceful.
“We condemn the persistent insecurity in Nigeria particularly in the North, despite the huge investments so far running into trillions of naira to the Armed Forces of Nigeria. We call for an independent forensic investigation into the expenditure of the Armed Force from December 2015 till date.
“We call on Mr. President to immediately sack the current service chiefs and restructure the entire security architecture of Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the Katsina State chapter of the Coalition of Northern Groups on Saturday stated that President Buhari has failed the state and the country for not protecting the lives and properties of citizens.
This was contained in a communique issued after a rountable meeting on Saturday in Katsina. The group noted that continuous banditry attacks, insurgency, and kidnapping had left many people dead and displaced from their homes.
The communiqué was co-signed by the group’s chairman, Jamiu Charanchi, and the secretary, Abubakar Kabir, reads below in parts;
“The government’s attempts to reassert public confidence with repeated rhetoric of being on top of the situation seem to be worsening as killings and kidnapping for ransom have become a daily occurrence in most parts of the state.
“The general consensus is that by any standard of judgment, the administration of President Buhari has failed the nation and in particular Katsina State in the vital area of improving the citizens’ lives and property.”
“An immediate and comprehensive improvement of security in the state.
“We demand a review of the entire national security architecture and the Katsina State Security Committee in order to inject higher levels of competence, integrity, and accountability.
“We demand the promulgation of legislation to compel the review of the salary and general incentive packages of all men of the security services.”