President Muhammadu Buhari and the south-eastern governors have been encouraged by the Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance (SaMBA) to identify and apprehend the sponsors of the region’s “unknown gunmen” as soon as possible.
The group, in a statement released on Monday and signed by its spokesman, Prince Rwang Pam Jnr., urged Buhari to take immediate action to address the mounting threat of violence in Anambra and the rest of the South-East.
While applauding the Nigerian Army’s proactive approach to insecurity as it prepares to launch three security exercises across the country dubbed “Golden Dawn,” “Enduring Peace,” and “Still Water,” SaMBA encouraged the soldiers to undertake these drills with caution.
“Recent operations of the so-called “Unknown Gunmen” in Anambra state and the South-East in recent weeks call for worry among peace-loving Nigerians, as the Federal government has failed in its responsibilities to protect residents’ lives and property,” the statement adds.
“Numerous lives have been lost, and government and private property worth billions of Naira have been destroyed.
“The right to life is a fundamental and basic right, as stated in Section 33 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended), which provides that “every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived of his life intentionally, except in the execution of a court order.”
Similarly, Section 14 (2b) stipulates that “the primary goal of government shall be the welfare and security of the citizens.”
“This government has failed in its duty and will continue to fail until all Nigerians are satisfied.
“It is tragic that recent events in Anambra state, as well as the South East as a whole, have violated this right. If the federal government is unable to ensure the safety of its citizens, which is on the Exclusive list, the National Assembly should amend the Constitution to include Internal security on the Concurrent list, allowing governors to serve as effective chief security officers in their respective states.
“We thus demand that President Muhammadu Buhari immediately apprehend the sponsors of the so-called “Unknown Gunmen” in the South East and bring them to court.
“We also demand that the Federal government investigate claims that the current uptick in criminal attacks in Anambra state is linked to the upcoming Anambra state gubernatorial elections on November 6, 2021.”