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




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)




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




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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