Joint Action Civil Society Coalition/ Nigeria Mourns Secretariat is calling on Muhammadu Buhari, led national government, and the state governments to rise up to their constitutional duties as enshrined in S14(2)(b), to ensure the security and welfare of all Nigerians.
The Secretariat made the disclosure in a statement jointly signed by members of the Coalition.
The group said there has been sharp increase of 43% in mass atrocities in 2020.
“Nigeria has continued to experience a decline in security across the nation. In the first quarter of 2021(January to March), we recorded an all-time quarterly high of almost 2000 fatalities from mass atrocities incidents across the country.
This week, across the 6 geopolitical zones, there were escalated combustions of violence resulting in even more deaths.”
“In our last joint statement, we had issued in February 2021, we had catalogued the assortment of mass atrocities plaguing the country, in particular: The unending war in the North East with our troops often bearing the brunt of this government’s security failures.”
The group also condemned large scale terrorist attacks in the North West, irresponsibly tagged by the government as ‘banditry’ in a bid to downplay the act.
“We are calling on the government of General Muhammad Buhari to take immediate actions to provide political and moral leadership for the security crisis, and ensure governmental actions are humane in tandem with Section 17 (2) (C) of the Constitution.
“Peaceful protesters are threatened and attacked by the government’s security agents, while terrorists carrying out mass murder, rape, maiming and kidnapping of Nigerians, including women and children are feted, molly coddled, granted ‘amnesty’ and paid by the government.
This is tantamount to funding and supporting terrorists, encouraging murder and the decimation of the Nigeria’s gallant troops, which amounts to treason against the Nigerian State “.
The secretariat is also calling on the Federal Government to end impunity for abuse of power and sectionalism, through appointments, by balancing the need for competence with the federal character principle.
The President should also demonstrate that every part of Nigeria matters as sectional appointments appear to fuel sectional violence.
He should take responsibility, and end the persecution of the media and free speech both of which are foundations of a democratic state.
The President should mobilize rich Nigerian assets to address the insecurity situation across the country, and seek international cooperation to ramp up security assets.
The secretariat is therefore calling on all Nigerians to register their displeasure with the state of affairs across the country, by participating in a series of mass actions from Monday the 26th of May 2021, and participate in solemn assemblies across the country to commemorate the 4th National Day of Mourning and Remembrance of Victims of Mass Atrocities on May 28th 2021, and boycott all Democracy Day activities on May 29, 2021 in protest of the deplorable state of our democracy.