• Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Northern Nigeria under Siege, leaders sleeping, says Shehu Sani


The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani has blamed northern political leaders for the deteriorating situation and calamity befalling the region as a result of their lukewarm attitude towards addressing the issues.

He identified one of the problems as sycophancy, which is now making the north bleeding in insecurity.

“We have no Jonathan or Obasanjo to blame for the insecurity in the north,” Shehu Sani said.

The Senator made the above assertion while addressing delegations of Birnin Gwari, Chikun and Zamfara people living in Kaduna on Tuesday at his Kaduna residence.

Sani, who frowned at the level of insecurity in the region, said the residents must rise to question and challenge those in the position of authority to do what is right.

“Kidnapping is what we used to hear from far distance in the Niger Delta and south-eastern part of the country in the last fifteen to twenty years.

“When people are facing this kind of danger and tragedy, the most ideal thing is to face the situation and question those that we have elected into position of authority,” he said.

“The situation in Birnin Gwari is one that reflects the tragedy and danger that we are facing in the northern part of the country today. Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Kajuru, Zamfara, Katsina, Niger and some part of Sokoto state are under siege,” the Senator added.

“Northern Nigeria today is under siege; in the North-West, there are issues of banditry; n the North-Central, there are issues of herdsmen, while in the North-Eastern Nigeria, there is terrorism,” he noted.

“If the Federal Government is responsive to Zamfara issues, it is because the state government has admitted that the state is under siege of banditry and kidnappers,” Sani lamented.

Sani said the situation has forced people to resorting into buying anti bullet charm for protection.

He said the insecurity in Kaduna is as a result of the governor and government of Kaduna not admitting the security challenges in the state.

Earlier, the leader of Coalition of Birnin Gwari Associations, Nasir Khalid, in a letter presented to the senator, said the several communities had been under attack of armed bandits from the eve of the general elections to date.

He said forty drivers were killed in the last three months and several communities ransacked.


Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna