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Northern Elders Voice Out: Security Crisis Under Tinubu Intolerable

Call for Immediate Security Measures to Protect Nigeria’s Future Generations

by Adenike Adeodun

The Northern Elders Forum has openly criticized President Bola Tinubu’s administration for its apparent failure to adequately protect Nigerian citizens amidst escalating insecurity issues, just a few months into its tenure. The elders emphasized that the abduction of school children in Kuriga is a painful reminder of the critical need for enhanced security measures across the nation.

Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the spokesperson for the forum, issued a statement highlighting the dire situation. He articulated the collective relief at the return of the abducted children but stressed the importance of ensuring they receive necessary medical examinations and support to recover from the traumatic experience. The elders’ message was unequivocal: the safety and security of children are non-negotiable and should never be compromised.

The forum’s declaration, “enough is enough,” resonates as a powerful call to action, underscoring the unacceptable conditions under which many Nigerians, particularly in the northern regions, are forced to live. The elders pointed out the Tinubu government’s evident shortcomings in fulfilling one of its most fundamental duties—ensuring the security and safety of its citizens’ lives and properties. This situation, they argue, demands immediate and focused attention from the nation’s leadership.

In reflecting on the abduction and subsequent return of the Kuriga school children, the Northern Elders Forum sees a critical opportunity for reflection and mobilization. This incident, while deeply tragic, serves as a potent reminder of the urgent need for collective action to combat the forces that threaten the safety and well-being of the nation’s youth.

The elders’ call to action extends beyond mere words; they urge the government and relevant stakeholders to collaborate closely with them to ensure that children can attend school without fear. The emphasis on the safety and well-being of the nation’s children as a paramount concern is a poignant reminder of the responsibilities that lie with both the authorities and the community at large.

Furthermore, the forum demands accountability and prompt responses from leadership to confront and overcome the security challenges facing their communities. The narrative of the Kuriga children’s return is celebrated not just as a victory but as a symbol of the community’s resilience and strength in the face of adversity. This event should serve as a catalyst for unity and a concerted effort toward establishing safer environments for children and communities across Nigeria.

The Northern Elders Forum’s critique of President Tinubu’s administration is a call to acknowledge and address the severe security challenges plaguing Nigeria. It is a reminder that the government’s primary role is to protect its citizens—a duty that, according to the elders, has been woefully neglected. The forum’s statement is not just a critique but a plea for urgent, collective action to ensure that future generations can live, learn, and grow in a safe and secure environment. The return of the abducted Kuriga school children, while a moment of relief, is also a wake-up call to the nation to prioritize the safety and security of its youngest citizens above all else.


Source: The Guardian

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