Hundreds of youths on Tuesday embarked on a peaceful protest in Katsina, calling for the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over the deteriorating security challenges bedevilling the North-west region and Katsina State in particular.
The protesting youths criticized Buhari’s administration for not being able to curtail the rising spate of insecurity in the North-west region.
The youths, under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups, passed a vote of no confidence on the present leadership of President Buhari and Governor Masari.
Addressing journalists, the North-west Vice-Chairman of Coalition of Northern Groups, Jamailu Aliyu Charanchi, who led the youths in the protest, called for a total overhauling of the country’s security architecture and Katsina State security committees.
He said: “We embarked on the protest to draw the attention of the federal government and all northern state governors, traditional rulers, religious and political leaders to the growing multi-sectoral threats in the region that are pregnant with complications and unforeseen economic, social and political consequences.
“The rise in the spate of banditry, kidnappings and bloodshed in places such as Faskari, Danmusa and Batsari lately has become a major trying point for everyone but the authorities have remained detached from the reality.
“The administration’s various attempts to reassert public confidence with repeated rhetoric of being on top of the situation, seems increasingly discordant as the violent attacks, killings and kidnaps become more regular and calls for protests becoming overwhelmingly loud and widespread.”
He also called for the promulgation of a legislation to compel the review of the salary and general incentive packages of security personnel that would enable them to discharge their duties effectively.