Senior Citizens Advocacy Group (SCAG), a civil society organization saddled with the responsibility of advocating for good governance, has urged the Federal Government to put an end to the indiscriminate killings going on across the country, especially the latest development in Zamfara and Kogi State.
The position of the group came after the federal government gave 48 hours to foreigners involved in mining activities in Zamfara to leave the country.
This is even as four persons were again killed in fresh attacks at Bagana and Patani areas of Kogi state while farm lands and houses were razed.
Zamfara and Katsina State governments have recently, also appealed to the Federal Government to move decisively against the activities of bandits in their domain.
The group, also recently in a statement released to newsmen in Lagos asked the federal government to devolve power to states and regions to enable governors discharge their primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties in their states, among five other conditions, to forestall anarchy and further bloodshed.
They declared a seven day mourning period for those massacred recently in Zamfara and Kogi State by rampaging bandits, and threatened to declare bandits as enemies.
A statement by convener of the group, comrade Bolanle Olakunbi Lawal read: “As agitators with conscience, we take lives of fellow Nigerians sacrosanct as no amount of provocation will lead to the slaughtering of innocent Nigerians because of inadequate security apparatus.“We, therefore, declare seven days of mourning for the innocent Nigerians killed in Zamfara and Kogi State by unidentified criminals masquerading as bandits according to our President, Muhammadu Buhari.“
We urge the government to do the needful before the expiration of our seven days of mourning to avoid a total breakdown of law and order because it seems we do not have law, and government is unable to implement its primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties of its citizens.
“We demand implementation of the following to avoid doom and more loss of lives:
The immediate devolution of power to states and regions to enable governors discharge their primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties.
“The government and security agencies saddled with the responsibility of protecting Nigeria and its territorial integrity should apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime against innocent Nigerians and humanity; total overhaul of the security organisation and security chiefs, immediate arrest of these bandits with immediate effect.
“After our successful emergency meeting convened on April 9th, 2019 in Lagos State, we, the Senior Citizens Advocacy Group in Nigeria and Agitators with Conscience, strongly condemn the gruesome murder of about 600 innocent Nigerians in Zamfara and Kogi State by the so-called bandits