Over 70 Civil Society organizations have called for an end to ransom payment to terrorists.
News Rain Nigeria gathered that no fewer than 70 Civil Society Organizations have called for an end to the payment of ransom to the terrorists stressing that the ransom is capable of commercializing crime in the Country.
The concerned Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) also pass a vote of no confidence on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and State Governors over the level of insecurity in the Country.
Over 70 Civil Society Organizations Calls For An End To Ransom Payment To Terrorists
The CSOs maintained that the Federal Government and States Governments have failed in their respective responsibilities to keep the Country secure from crimes such as banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery among others.
Addressing Press Conference on Sunday afternoon in Abuja, the coalition of CSOs said State Attorney Generals should be proactive in prosecuting bandits already arrested by security officials, insisted that going by the lackadaisical attitude of stakeholders in government, the National Assembly should begin the process of initiating impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari, who they described as failing to perform his duties and on grounds of gross misconduct as provided for in Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
They also cautioned the government against granting amnesty to terrorists, warning that huge ransom paid to criminal elements most times are deployed to purchasing more arms and ammunition to attack communities.
The CSOs also described the call by the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi that Nigerians should not “be cowards” but to confront armed bandits, as laughable and a joke.
The CSOs in a jointly presented statement title: “National Security: Buhari has so far, failed”, maintained All over the country, Nigerian citizens, including children, are killed daily by terrorists and criminals as well as in extra-judicial killings by state actors with the government doing little or nothing about it. The government, through the Minister of Defence, has instead callously abdicated its responsibility and called Nigerian citizens ‘cowards’ and urged Nigerians to ‘defend themselves’.
“President Buhari and his government have failed in their primary duty under Section 14 2(b) of the 1999 Constitution which is ensuring the security and welfare of the Nigerian people. Instead, under their watch, Nigeria is now a catalog of bloodletting with The unending war in the North East with our troops often bearing the brunt of this government’s security failures.
“Kidnapping for ransom has assumed an industrial and deadly scale never witnessed on the African continent. Our children are no longer safe in schools and Nigerian citizens and communities are now pauperized by terrorists who extort huge ransoms while murdering their hostages.
” We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, what has now become the government’s standard state policy of using taxpayers’ money to pay terrorists thereby funding and encouraging terrorism and criminality.
“We remain hopeful as citizens of Nigeria and call on all Nigerians to keep hope alive as we bond together and build a nation where true peace and justice reign.”
“Gross injustices by President Buhari’s government against the Nigerian people such that peaceful protesters are threatened and attacked by the government’s security agents while terrorists carrying out mass murder, rape, maiming and kidnapping of Nigerians including women and children are feted, mollycoddled, granted ‘amnesty’ and paid by the government.
“This is tantamount to funding and supporting terrorists, encouraging murder and the decimation of Nigeria’s gallant troops and amounts to treason against the Nigerian State and people; Terrorist herder attacks on unarmed farming communities and reprisal attacks in the face of government inaction and failure to bring the terrorist herdsmen and their funders to justice.
“Large scale terrorist attacks in the North West irresponsibly tagged by the government as ‘banditry’ in a bid to downplay their criminality; Industrial scale kidnappings all across the country;
extrajudicial killings by State Security agents in various forms of Inter-ethnic violence and menace of political cult gangs and ethnic militia.
” The CSOs therefore, demanded that:” This government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, has failed to protect Nigerians as is their primary duty under Section 14 (2)b of the 1999 Constitution and we hold President Buhari solely responsible as the buck stops at his desk.
“As Civil Society organisations, we call on the President to take immediate steps to Provide political and moral leadership for the security crisis and ensure governmental actions are humane in tandem with Section 17 (2) ( C ) of the Constitution; end impunity for abuse of power and sectionalism through his appointments by balancing the need for competence with the federal character principle.