A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria has called for the boycott of Democracy Day and a march in protest against the rising insecurity in the country.
In a joint statement endorsed by 125 CSOs and private individuals , the coalition bemoaned the spate of insecurity, rising higher than it was in 2020.
According to the Global Terrorism Index, no fewer than 1,606 people were killed in 125 fatal incidents, an average of 13 per incident in 2020, as Nigeria ranked third-most terrorised country in the world.
The coalition said it was appalled that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had failed to key into the issues raised in its February statement that demanded that the President resign or the National Assembly initiate his impeachment for the country’s insecurity.
Gross injustices by President Buhari’s government against the Nigerian people such that peaceful protesters are threatened and attacked by the government’s security agents while terrorists carrying out mass murder, rape, maiming and kidnapping of Nigerians including women and children are feted, mollycoddled, granted ‘amnesty’ and paid by the government.
The group said terrorist herder attacks on unarmed farming communities and reprisal attacks kept recurring because of government inaction and failure to bring the criminal herdsmen and their founders to justice.