Nigerians in the Diaspora have condemned the Federal government for its alleged lackadaisical attitude to bring down the sequence of killings and kidnappings in the country.
The coalition said, it was sad and devasting to see that federal government had failed in its responsibility to provide adequate security to curb these bandits, who on daily basis killed innocent Nigerians, in a vicious fashion.
Acting under the aegis of Nigeria coalition for Change, United States of America branch, the group appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to stop abdicating his duties and bring these foreign killer herdsmen and other criminal gangs to justice.
The coalition, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr. Samuel Ayodele, Secretary, Malam Ali Abubakar Sadiq, Mr. Bola Babarinde, Director of operation / special events, lampooned the government for making less privileged Nigerians prone to attack by paying lip service to issue of security.
The US based Nigerians, however, appealed to those sociocultural groups stoking fire of discord and making incendiary comments to be wary of their actions, saying what the nation requires now is concerted efforts from all stakeholders for the country to be prevented from further carnage.
“As patriotic Nigerians, we are not really pleased by the level of carnage across the six geopolitical zones of our nation. We learnt these killer herders are foreigners, so efforts must be geared towards fortifying our porous borders while also fish out those that had infiltrated our bushes.
“Before the advent of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, what we had was Boko Haram in the Northeastern part of the nation, many people were killed before the government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan began to take decisive actions.
“We agreed that President Muhammadu Buhari upon assumption of office demonstrated uncommon valour by taking steps that emansculated the insurgents.
“But we are piqued by the slow pace of responses to the recent banditry in Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi and the kidnappings and killings in the southwest, southeast and North Central, especially the lukewarm attitude of the government to the bloody herder-farmers’ clashes that had claimed many lives.
“It is high time we began to act as a serious minded nation. We must work hard to protect our people. We must strengthen community policing and embrace this much sought after state policing, so that the shade of security can cover all citizens up to the grassroots”.
On the drumbeat of war being amplified by some ethnic groups, the coalition warned that this may further create a serious gulf among ethnic nationalities.
The Nigerians in foreign land added that such comments coming from those who ought to mediate and rally Nigerians against these bandits was disappointing and exacerbating the already tensed situation.
“It will be difficult for us to win this terror war if will continue in this fashion. All over the world, Nations used to bring all hands on the deck to win any war of this nature, but our own is different, we are now more divided than ever owing to glaring ethnic affinities”
“We appeal that each group should think more of our corporate existence and future and ceasefire for us to find a lasting solution to this barbaric acts.
“We learnt many of these vicious herders are from Niger, Mauritania, Mali and other Countries in West African and other African subregion.
“Our government and security agencies must exhibit convincing resolve that they are on ground to make Nigeria safe. This remains the best way to save our nation from this looming Armageddon”.