The Arewa Security Movement, has condemned what it called the disgraceful attitude of a section of Northern elite against the ongoing effort to foster synergy and cooperation in the fight against insecurity from which the entire North is bleeding.
The Security Movement in a press statement signed by its Chairman, Comrade Isa Tijjani, on Friday, highlighted the importance of unity and collaboration in addressing the security challenges that have plagued the entire North and argued that the Northern elite should set aside their personal interests and work together to achieve peace and security in the region.
The Security Movement’s statement was in response to a contrived protest against the Minister of State for Defense, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, a critical partner in any effort to achieve final secession of hostilities in the region.
The Group specifically expressed concern over the isolated behavior of Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State, who has consistently undermined efforts to bring all stakeholders together to confront the security situation. This essay aims to argue that Governor Lawal’s actions are driven by a dubious political agenda and personal gain, disregarding the lives and well-being of the people he is meant to serve.
Governor Lawal’s actions, the Security Movement said, have consistently undermined efforts to build a collaboration for unified action against insecurity.
“He has sponsored campaigns of calumny against federal government agencies involved in finding a final resolution, thereby hindering progress. This behavior is disheartening, as it obstructs the collective efforts of federal and state governments, as well as other stakeholders, to address the security crisis effectively.
“One instance that highlights Governor Lawal’s isolated behavior is his response to the attack on the Federal University Gusau, where scores of female students were abducted by bandits. Instead of remaining in the state to coordinate with federal authorities for a unified response, Lawal chose to fly out of the country on a private trip. This decision not only demonstrated a lack of commitment to the security of his state but also hindered the possibility of coordinated action.
“While in New York, Lawal remained incommunicado and shunned all efforts to be reached by the Defense Ministry which further exemplifies his isolated approach and lack of willingness to collaborate with federal authorities. Instead of engaging in constructive dialogue, Lawal opted to pick a fight with the federal government, engaging in a blame trade game that only exacerbates the existing divisions and hampers the potential for a unified approach to combat insecurity.
“Furthermore, Governor Lawal picked a deliberate fight with his predecessor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, who is now the Minister of State for Defense. This unnecessary conflict further blocks the window for understanding and cooperation with the federal government. Lawal’s actions, including the sponsorship of a stage-managed protest, not only insult justice and fairness but also demonstrate political opportunism and ineptitude. Such behavior is detrimental to the interests of the region and undermines the urgent need for collaboration and cooperation,” Comrade Tijjani said.
He recalled the North has long been plagued by numerous challenges, particularly in the areas of security and the economy which have been perpetuated by both local and foreign enemies who have actively worked to hinder progress and perpetuate the suffering of the people.
“It is crucial for northerners to recognize that these same enemies are now obstructing the current efforts towards achieving lasting security and stability in the region.
“The North has faced a long history of challenges, with enemies both local and foreign contributing to its current state. Historically, external forces have exploited the region’s resources, leading to economic disparities and social unrest. Additionally, internal conflicts and power struggles have further weakened the region, making it susceptible to external manipulation.
“These enemies have consistently hindered progress and perpetuated the cycle of insecurity and economic instability to ensure the continuation of the security situation that has had devastating consequences, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives, the destruction of numerous communities, and the displacement of millions of people.
“These enemies of the North have capitalized on this insecurity, exacerbating the situation for their own gain. By perpetuating violence and instability, they have hindered the region’s development and prevented the people from enjoying a peaceful and prosperous life.”
In addition to security concerns, the North also enemies of the region have exploited its resources, leaving the local population impoverished and marginalized. This economic disparity has further fueled social unrest and contributed to the cycle of violence. By hindering economic growth and development, these enemies have perpetuated the region’s vulnerability and prevented the people from realizing their full potential.
Tijjani explained that despite the challenges, there is a current drive towards achieving lasting security in the North. Efforts are being made to address the root causes of insecurity, such as poverty, unemployment, and social inequality.
“However, the enemies of the North continue to stand in the way of progress. They actively work to undermine these efforts, perpetuating violence and hindering the region’s development. It is crucial for the people of the North to unite and stand against these enemies, ensuring that their collective drive towards lasting security remains unwavering,” he said.
Tijjani further said that to overcome the challenges in the North, unity and progress must be prioritized. The people of the region must come together, transcending ethnic, religious, and political differences, to work towards a common goal. By fostering a sense of unity and collective responsibility, the enemies of the North can be effectively countered.