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Nigeria is Bleeding – Rise up to Your Constitutional Duties, CSOs Tell Buhari, Govt

Hundreds of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, stop the escalating security concerns in the country.

They further alarmed that the first quarter of 2021 witnessed an all-time high fatalities mass atrocity incidences across the country.

The petitionStop the rhetorics, deal with Nigeria’s problems - Northern Elders Forum tells Buhari signed by the Joint Action Civil Society Coalition/Nigeria Mourns Secretariat and made available to newsmen revealed that “Following its sharp increase of 43 per cent in mass atrocities 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.

“Gross injustices by President Buhari’s government against the Nigerian people such that 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 and amounts to treason against the Nigerian State and people.

“Terrorist herder attacks on unarmed farming communities and reprisal attacks in the face of government inaction and failure to bring the terrorist herdsmen and their funders to justice.

“Large scale terrorist attacks in the North West irresponsibly tagged by the government as ‘banditry’ in a bid to downplay their criminality.

“Industrial scale kidnappings all across the country.

“Extrajudicial killings by State Security agents in various forms,

“Inter-ethnic violence; and

“Menace of political cult gangs and ethnic militia; and in that statement we had called 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.”

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The body called on President Buhari to end impunity for abuse of power and sectionalism through his appointments by balancing the need for competence with the federal character principle. In this way, he will demonstrate that every part of Nigeria matters as sectional appointments appear to fuel sectional violence.

“Take responsibility and end the persecution of the media and free speech both of which are foundations of a democratic state. Mobilise our rich Nigerian assets to address the insecurity situation across the country and seek international cooperation to ramp up security assets.

“We had also demanded that where the President fails to fulfill his constitutional duties as stated above, that he steps aside, or, that the National Assembly initiates impeachment proceedings against him on grounds of gross misconduct as provided for in Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We are appalled to note that despite our strongly worded statement, President Buhari’s government has failed to heed our call to fulfil his role as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and Nigeria’s democratically elected President. We are therefore left with no other option than to take action to drive home our call to the government.

“We are, therefore, calling on all Nigerians to register their displeasure with the state of affairs across the country by participating a series of mass actions from Monday the 26th of May 2021, 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.

“We again call 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, and pull the nation back from the path of destruction.”

 

Joint Action Civil Society Coalition/Nigeria Mourns Secretariat

Signed:

#DoNigeriaRight

 

Action Aid

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Adinya Arise Foundation

 

Adopt A Goal for Development Initiative

 

Advocacy Center for Development

 

African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD)

 

African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL)

 

All-4-One Humanity Development Foundation

 

Alliances for Africa

 

 

Ayodeji Fadugba

 

Baobab for Women’s Human Rights

 

Bauchi Human Rights Network

 

Benevolent Initiative for Development

 

Benue We Deserve (BenDef)

 

Bimbo Odukoya Foundation (BOF)

 

Black Diamonds Support Foundation

 

CAFSO-WRAG for Development

 

Cece Yara Foundation.

 

CedarSeed Foundation

 

CEE-HOPE Nigeria

 

Center for Nonviolence and Gender Advocacy in Nigeria

 

Center for Women’s Health and Information (CEHWIN)

 

Centre for Accountability and Inclusive Development (CAAID)

 

Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), West Africa

 

Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED)

 

Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)

 

Centre for Liberty

 

Centre for Nonviolence and Gender Advocacy in Nigeria (CENGAIN)

 

Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA)

 

Centre for Women’s Health and Information (CEWHIN)

 

CITAD

 

Citizens Assistance Center

 

Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development

 

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)

 

Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness

 

Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution

 

Community Women’s Rights Foundation

 

COMPPART Foundation for Justice and Peacebuilding

 

Concerned Nigerians

 

Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Development Initiative

 

Connected Development (CODE)

 

Conscience for human Rights and conflict Resolution (CHRCR)

 

Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA)

 

Crime Victims Foundation

 

Daria Media Foundation

 

Dinidari Foundation

 

Disabled People in Leadership Initiative

 

Dorothy Njemanze Foundation(DNF)

 

Dr. Aderonke Adesanya

 

Dr. Fatima T. Lawson

 

Echoes of Women in Africa Initiatives

 

Elixir Trust Foundation

 

Emerge Women Development Initiative (EWDI)

 

Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria

 

Equality Through Education Foundation (ETEF)

 

 

Esan Women Movement

 

FACICP Disability Plus

 

FEMBUD

 

First Future Leadership

 

Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (FENRAD Nigeria)

 

Free Nigeria Movement

 

Gender Development Initiative

 

Global Rights

 

Grassroots Development Monitoring and Advocacy Centre

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Greenspring Development Initiative

 

Hallmark Leadership Initiative

 

HEDA Resource Centre

 

House of Justice

 

Human Rights Advocacy & Monitoring Group (HURAMG)

 

Initiative for Research, Innovation and Advocacy in Development (IRIAD)

 

Initiative for Social Development in Africa

 

International Center for Human Rights, Nonviolence And Safety Awareness

 

Justice for Peace and Development Initiative (JPDI)

 

Kebetkatche Women Development and Resource Center

 

Keen and Care Initiative (KCI)

 

Lagos Women 2030

 

Laila St.Matthew-Daniel

 

Learning Through Skills Acquisition Initiative (LETSAI)

 

Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP)

 

Legal Resources Consortium (LRC)

 

Lex Initiative for Rights Advocacy and Development (LIRAD)

 

Lillian Okenwa

 

M.O.N Legal

 

Maria Ebun Foundation

 

Media and Teens Network

 

Media Concern Initiative

 

Molluma Medico-Legal Center

 

Mowalek Centre for Sustainable Community Development

 

Neighbourhood Environment Watch Foundation.

 

Network of Disabled Women

 

Niger Accountability Group

 

Nigerian Feminist Forum

 

Online HubNG

 

Open Bar Initiative

 

Organization for Community Civic Engagement (OCCEN), Nigeria

 

Pan African Young Women Development Initiative (PAYWODI)

 

Partners West Africa – Nigeria

 

Policy Alert

 

Prison Inmate Development Initiative PIDI-NIGERIA

 

Professor Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome

 

Project Alert on Violence Against Women

 

Raising New Voices Initiative

 

Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED)

 

Responsible Citizenship and Human Development Initiative, Gombe.

 

Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC)

 

SBM Intelligence

 

Sesor Empowerment Foundation

 

Socio Economic Research and Development Centre (SERDEC)

 

South-South Professional Women Association ( SSPWA)

 

Support Initiative for Sustainable Development (SISDEV)

 

TAP N’Itiative

 

The Interactive Initiative for Social Impact

 

Tijani Abdulkareem

 

Transformational Parenteen Network

 

Vision Spring Initiatives

 

We the People

 

Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC)

 

Women and Young People’s Awareness Initiative (WAYAI)

 

Women in Media and Communications Initiative

 

Women Youths and Children Advancement Program (WOYCAP)

 

Women’s Rights And Health Project

 

Women’s Crisis Centre Owerri

 

Working Moms Africa

 

Working Moms Africa (WMA)

World Impact Development Foundation (WIDEF)

 

Yiaga Africa

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