A group, Coalition of Northern Activists for Peace, leading some protesters hit Kaduna streets on Monday, declaring that the region was not “bleeding” but in a healing process.
Acknowledging there was a spate of insecurity across the North over the years, the group insisted that the killings, maiming, kidnapping were all politically motivated by enemies of the region.
They said the killings were a result of over twelve years of challenges which the current regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is frantically working towards addressing.
In what they described as a peaceful rally in support of President Buhari and the security agents’ efforts to address the security challenges across the region, the protesters with the hashtag: “#Northishealing”, carried banners inscriptions such as
“No to patriot in the day and terrorists at night,” “Stop sponsoring terrorists in Bauchi, Sokoto, Kaduna and Zamfara states,” “Stop sponsoring evil against those you elected to protect,” “We proclaim and support healing in Northern Nigeria,” “Let killing ends with 2021,” “We are crossing over with healing in Northern Nigeria,” and, “We say no to people who are clerics in the day, bandits and politicians at night,” among others.
The Kaduna State Convener of the CNAP, Prince Zubairu Mukhtar while addressing newsmen, said the rally was organized in appreciation of the substantial efforts of the Buhari regime and the security agencies in addressing the challenges that have bedevilled Northern Nigeria.
He argued that they are not unaware of the thousands of lives that had been lost to insecurity in the region, “we can see frantic efforts of the security agencies in curtailing the activities of bandits, terrorist and cyber propagandas that have been terrorizing most northern parts of the country.”
Mukhtar said, “The North has over time been in the spotlight with issues of insecurity specifically banditry, terrorism and cyber propaganda. We all know for certain that the issues at stake require a multi-stakeholder approach, which is necessary considering the dynamics of the issues that have affected the socio-economic well-being of the peaceful and loving people of Kaduna State and indeed Northern Nigeria.