Abdul Aziz Suleiman

…says Lagos govt “brutally humiliated” Northerners

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has alleged that Southerners have taken up job opportunities meant for indigenes of the Northern states.

Spokesperson for the group, Abdul-Aziz Sulaiman who said this while briefing journalists on issues that affect the North on Sunday in Kano, alleged that Northerners were being denied employment opportunities in the South.

Sulaiman said all vacant positions available in the North, as guaranteed by the local content clause of the Federal character provision in the Constitution, had been surrendered to Southerners as a result of the negligence of the Northern elite, who pose as political leaders of the region.

“Whereas, the local content clause stipulates that all levels 01 to 06 positions in every government establishments must go to indigenes of the host communities in the North, the reverse is the case,’’ Suleiman said.

He lamented that the North has been systematically crippled by multiple security challenges, which according to him, “threaten the region’s population and political unity, as well as inhibit its economic and social activities.”

Sulaiman said, “Recurring violence, involving cattle theft, abductions for ransom, attacks on civilian targets and other forms of banditry all over the North, poses a serious threat to peace and security, with the uncoordinated and inadequate responses by the Federal and state authorities, thereby deepening mistrust and perception of the authorities as biased.”

He also condemned the action of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for allegedly demolishing a mosque in Port Harcourt.

The governor’s action, he said, “was in breach of the guaranteed freedom of every Nigerian to practise their faith unhindered by any legislation or obstacle imposed by a state or a community.”

On the arrest of Northerners by Lagos State government, the group said it was “another brutal encroachment of people’s freedom by the Lagos State Government.”

Sulaiman accused the Lagos government of apprehending and humiliating dozens of northerners, who were seeking opportunities to lawfully run their businesses in the state, the same way people from other parts of the country carried out their respective trades of choice in the North.

The group demanded that the Federal Government prove its capacity to protect citizens in all parts of the North, as minimum evidence that it is serious about its responsibilities.