By Tony Obiechina, Abuja
Worried by the spate of insecurity in some parts of the country, particularly on the Plateau and Kaduna States, President Muhammadu Buhari has been enjoined to declare a State of Emergency in the two States.
A group known as Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (PAN) which made this known in statement on Tuesday noted that the situation in the two states has “become thoroughly bothersome and it is spiraling out of control”.
The statement which was signed by the Group’s Media Director, Mr Emmanuel Ohiomokhare pointed out that it has become imperative for the President to take decisive action in the situation because “there is already a mass exodus of residents from these states.. to restore peace and sanity”.
“This is extremely important as the developments in these states have gone beyond the powers of the democratically elected executives and must be brought under control. State of Emergency rule has proven in the past to restore peace and stability in states” it further stated.
The statement further reads:
“The Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria has been following the current state of insecurity in the country caused by banditry, Boko Haram insurgents and other enemies of the State. We have noticed that this trend has become really bad that Nigerians no longer sleep in peace.
“We have also noted that against the idea of a one Nigeria which was propagated by the founding fathers of our great nation, there is now a tilt more towards ethnicity and tribal sentiments, which have sometimes resorted to conflicts. We now hear and see many Nigerians migrating from places where they once lived happily to other parts of the country just to save their lives.
“This situation has not only become worrisome but tragic for a nation that was once the leader in the African continent and has all the potential to be a global leader in politics, governance and economy.
“Following the foregoing, the Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria wishes to join millions of Nigerians to: Express solidarity with our brethren; male, female and children; no matter your tribe, creed or religion all over the country going through the consequences of this mindless state of insecurity.
“Condemn the spate of insecurity in the country which has claimed thousands of lives. This insecurity has become unbearable in all parts of the country. Nigeria, which was a relatively peaceful country has now become a haven for all kinds of criminality.
“The Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria will want to specifically mention the killings in Plateau, Kaduna, Niger, Katsina and Zamfara States which is gradually taking the form of genocide. These killings have gone from mere criminal acts to a massacre. PAN condemns the acts of these bandits and tribal murderers who have made the states quite ungovernable and put citizens in perpetual fear.
“It is quite obvious that the situation in Plateau and Kaduna in particular have become thoroughly bothersome and it is spiraling out of control. There is already a mass exodus of residents from these states. PAN therefore calls on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a STATE OF EMERGENCY in these two states to restore peace and sanity.
“This is extremely important as the developments in these states have gone beyond the powers of the democratically elected executives and must be brought under control. State of Emergency rule has proven in the past to restore peace and stability in states”.
Although the group commend the Nigerian media for “its doggedness and objectivity in reporting the issues so far”, it however, “notes that the media has not been comprehensive in its reports as we have noticed a whole lot of under-reporting of the situation in many of the troubled spots of the country”.
“We urge the media to remain steadfast to its ethics and professionalism. The media should not under any circumstances allow itself to be coerced or muzzled. We also urge the media not to be tempted by any enticement that may be dangled by forces of evil that want to see the disintegration of Nigeria.
“PAN is unequivocally committed to the unity and prosperity of Nigeria. We pray that God will give the leaders at all levels the wisdom to steer the ship from these troubled times to a time when every Nigerian will be proud of the country. We believe it is POSSIBLE. Indeed, a NEW NIGERIA IS POSSIBLE!”, the statement added.