The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) yesterday, stormed Gusau on a mission to facilitate synergy and cooperation between the Zamfara government and the federal authorities for effective coordination of efforts to end the rampaging insecurity in state and in the entire North.
Addressing Zamfara State government officials led by the chief of staff to the governor, CNG’s spokesperson Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said the situation in Zamfara State has become increasingly alarming with the evident rift between the federal and the Zamfara State governments resulting in a repetitive cycle of blame and counter-blame between the two parties, throwing the population into further confusion with the potential of exacerbating the security challenges in the state.
According to Suleiman, “The CNG was in Gusau for a solemn purpose – to express heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of Zamfara State following the recent security breach that shook the Gusau University campus.
“This unfortunate incident involved the brutal encroachment on the campus premises and the subsequent abduction of innocent female students by heartless bandits. The general and pervasive insecurity being experienced in Zamfara and across the Northern region are cross-regional issues that affect every one of us, regardless of where we live or come from.
“For this reason, the problem must be confronted collectively with the entire will and resolve of the various levels of government behind the effort.
“Failure to do so will indubitably mean that every effort made in isolation will defeat all our endeavours, and render the task more difficult and futile.
We regret to say, until that time when jointly developed and implemented comprehensive security strategies, enhanced intelligence sharing, and deployment of adequate resources to tackle the root causes of the insecurity, the dark clouds hanging over the land would only grow darker.”
He recounted that the CNG has established itself as a prominent advocacy group since its formation in 2016.
“The roots of the coalition can be traced to the Arewa Citizens Action for Change (ACAC), which dates back to 2010.
“Over the years, the CNG has been successful in representing and championing the concerns and interests of the North around security and the economy.
“By providing a platform for dialogue and collaboration, the CNG has effectively made several similar interventions in Katsina,, Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Sokoto and Niger States with considerable successes.
“It has been instrumental in raising awareness and advocating for solutions to challenges such as security concerns, economic development, political representation, and social progress,” he added.
Expressing sympathy and prayers to the families affected by this dastardly act of violence, CNG extended its deepest condolences to the families who are currently enduring unimaginable pain and uncertainty as their loved ones remain in the hands of their captors.
He said, “The abduction at the Gusau University campus has struck at the heart of our educational institutions, places that should serve as sanctuaries for learning and growth. Such incidents not only disrupt the education of our youth but also instill fear and uncertainty among parents, students, and the wider community.
“The CNG views this despicable act as an assault on the very fabric of our society. Our educational institutions should be safe havens for learning and personal growth, free from the shadow of violence and terror. It is deeply disturbing and disheartening to witness the violation of such sanctuaries, where the promise of a better future is nurtured. It is high time we acknowledge the gravity of this situation and take decisive action.