Northern Christian elders on Sunday said the approach of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), to appointments was nepotistic, and had been particularly unfair to the Christians in the North.
According to them, Buhari for more than five years had continued to make appointments that “failed to reflect religious and ethnic diversity of the nation.”
They also said they were still awaiting the government to facilitate the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl being held hostage by Boko Haram for over two years.
The Christian elders, under the aegis of the Christian Elders Forum of Northern States, under the chairmanship of Elder Ejoga Inalegwu, spoke in Kaduna on Sunday.
The forum comprises Christian elders from the 19 northern states and Abuja.
While decrying the sundry attacks and the apparent failure of the Buhari regime to tame the rampaging Boko Haram insurgents and the activities of bandits, the forum praised the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, for his handling of the security situation his state.
“We commend the governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum, for identifying and standing by his people against terrorism, his openness to all and commitment to good governance,” NORCEF said.
As a way of addressing insecurity in the northern states, the forum appealed to the northern governors to emulate their South-West counterparts to establish a regional joint security outfit such as the Amotekun.
The forum condemned the attacks by bandits and insurgents, and called for a complete overhaul of the security architecture to reflect the diversity of the country and inspire confidence in the people.
A statement by the forum chairman read in part, “Rising from our executive meeting held in Kaduna on Saturday, March 7, 2020, NOSCEF expresses deep concern over the increasing activities of bandits and terrorists occasioned by widespread killings across the nation.
“The most recent of these killings took place in Garkida, Adamawa State; Igabi and Giwa in Kaduna State; and the Kwande Local Government Area of Benue state, among others.
“The failure of security apparatus in place, calls for a complete overhaul of the security architecture, reflecting the diversity of the nation to win the confidence of the people.
“Ironically, almost all the security chiefs are from a section of the country which is worst hit by the criminals who are unleashing mayhem on the people.”
The group said the inability of the Federal Government to remedy the situation by taking far-reaching steps was worrisome.
On the President’s nepotistic appointments, the Christian elders said, “NOSCEF also wishes to state that it has not seen any attempt by the Federal Government to remedy the skewed appointments that have failed to reflect the religious and ethnic diversity of the nation.
“Rather, we continue to witness the replacement of even the few appointees outside the nepotistic enclave by those already dominating.
“The appointments have been particularly unfair to the northern Christians.”
On the way out of the insecurity in the northern states, the NOSCEF added, “We appeal to the northern governors to emulate their South-West counterparts, who recently established a joint security outfit known as Amotekun to address security challenges facing their geopolitical zone, by setting up a similar outfit in the North to put an end to the menace of terrorism and banditry, which is ravaging the North and destroying her socio economic activities.”