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Katsina Youths Protest Insecurity In Northwest, Demand Buhari's Resignation

Hundreds of Katsina youths on Tuesday embarked on a peaceful protest, calling for the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari if he cannot arrest the deteriorating security challenges bedeviling the North-west region and Katsina State in particular.

The youths from the President's home state said the resignation has become imperative in view of the Buhari administration’s inability to curtail banditry, kidnapping and other heinous crimes in the North-west states.

The protesters, under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups, said that the federal government and North-west state governors had failed to tackle the bloodletting in the region.

They began the protest in the morning from the roundabout adjacent the Muhammed Dikko Central Mosque and they marched through Nagogo Road, Kofar Durbi, and GRA Roundabout before ending it within Government House premises.

The youths passed a vote of no confidence on the present leadership of President Buhari and Governor Aminu Masari in addressing the spate of banditry and kidnapping facing communities in the state.

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Many of them also carried placards with various inscriptions, among which read, “End Banditry in Katsina; We need peace; Stop the killing in Northern Nigeria; Enough is Enough; Buhari/Masari resign if you cannot protect us.’’

Addressing journalists, the North-west Vice-Chairman of Coalition of Northern Groups, Jamailu Aliyu Charanchi, who led the youths in the protest, called for a total overhauling of the country’s security architecture and Katsina State security committees.

He stated that the security architecture would pave the way for competence, integrity and accountability in handling security challenges in Katsina State and the country in general.

According to him, “We embarked on the protest to draw the attention of the federal government and all northern state governors, traditional rulers, religious and political leaders to the growing multi-sectoral threats in the region that are pregnant with complications and unforeseen economic, social and political consequences.

“The rise in the spate of banditry, kidnappings and bloodshed in places such as Faskari, Danmusa and Batsari lately has become a major trying point for everyone but the authorities have remained detached from the reality.

“The administration’s various attempts to reassert public confidence with repeated rhetoric of being on top of the situation, seems increasingly discordant as the violent attacks, killings and kidnaps become more regular and calls for protests becoming overwhelmingly loud and widespread.”

While speaking with the protesters, the Commissioner of Police in Katsina State, Sanusi Buba, said the federal and state governments have done tremendously well in tackling banditry and insurgency confronting the country.

He said during the previous administration, 17 local government areas were captured by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State but the present administration had reclaimed the local governments.

The state police chief urged Nigerian youths not to allow disgruntled elements to use them to destroy the country and efforts made by President Buhari in restoring peace across the country.

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