Northern Youth Begin Protest Against Insecurity, University Strike

Against the alarming state of insecurity in the Nigeria’s Northern region, the Coalition of Northern Groups has announced its decision to stage a protest across the region, starting today [Thursday].

Announcing the move in Abuja on Wednesday, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the spokesman of the coalition said: “We observe that while the southern elected and appointed leaders and representatives are quick to identify with their people at the time of need, their counterparts from the North, including the President, the Senate President, Senators, Rep members, governors, state legislators and other government appointees would rather abandon the hundreds of thousands of people in northern communities exposed to crime, lawlessness and insecurity in the hands of bandits, insurgents, kidnappers, rapists, rustlers, and other violent criminals without any form of protection.

“We observe that it is contradictory that despite several protests and pleas by northerners, the authorities never deemed it fit to extend the swift spirit deployed against FSARS into securing the North, or addressing the myriad distresses faced by northerners.

“In the light of the foregone observations, the CNG is left with no option but to direct the extension of the protests to all northern states, commencing from Thursday, October 15, 2020”.

He added that the Group would also protest against continuous closure of universities over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)-related issues.

“We observe that the authorities appear bent on sustaining the harsh, unacceptable regime of exploitative hikes in electricity tariffs for which the north shall bear the brunt more than other parts of the country.

“We declare the agreement reached by labour with the government on new electricity tariff unacceptable and demand the immediate, unconditional reversal to the old rates,” Suleiman said.

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