By Phil Okose, Onitsha
Human Right, Liberty Access and Defenders Foundation (HURIJE), a human right and pro- democracy group, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to rise to the challenge by bringing to an end the wave of armed banditry, kidnapping and killings across the country.
HURIJE chairman, Dede Uzor A Uzor, who spoke to newsmen in Onitsha after the tour said the figure gives an indication of a country in a State of war. They said the war was being waged against the people of Nigeria by Boko Haram sect, Fulani Herdsmen, bandits and other criminal elements in the country, perpetrating heinous crimes in the country.
“This continuous trend of killings without any serious response from the president was a clear indication that he was incapacitated, lacked the political will to address the killings or outrightly behind it” said the group.
According to Uzor, “the president should assume responsibility for the continuous massacre in Zamfara, Yobe, Bauchi, Kaduna, Adamawa, Katsina, Benue, Enugu, Abia, Plateau, Taraba and all over Nigeria. About 15 states are in a state of war in the country”.
President Buhari, the group said, took one billion dollars from the Federation Account to fight insecurity in the country but the menace has continued unabated. “Is it that the president did not deploy the money? He should give account of how he spent the money to Nigerians” said HURIJE.