The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) has called for a state of emergency to be declared in areas of the country where banditry is most prevalent.
At a press conference on the state of the nation in Abuja on Thursday, the centre’s Executive Director, Zikirullahi Ibrahim, made the call.
He believes that this will signal a renewed commitment to addressing the insecurity that is threatening Nigeria’s corporate existence.
He denounced the killings of a serving commissioner in Katsina State, a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, and other Nigerians.
“Our country is literally burning in front of our eyes, and there appear to be no concerted and sustained efforts to put it out.”
“Things have gotten to the point where farmers can no longer go about their business without fear of being killed by armed assailants.” Given the gravity of the situation, the government’s only option is to arrest and expose the terrorist gangs’ backers and sponsors, whom it claims to be aware of.”