The Middle Belt Forum, MBF, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Kaduna State, following a worsening state of insecurity that has resulted in wanton kidnappings and killing of Innocent people by gunmen in the state.
In a statement issued by its National President, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, in Abuja yesterday, said Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, appeared not prepared to tackle the security challenges confronting the state.
The forum expressed concerns that the governor had not done anything to secure weak communities against further attacks on vulnerable communities by bandits it alleged were executing the agenda of Boko Haram terrorists.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Kaduna State government at press time last night proved abortive, as calls and text messages to the telephone of the spokesperson to the governor, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye, remained unrealized.
But the MBF regretted that despite the governor’s refusal to negotiate with the bandits, he had continued to provoke bandits through unguarded utterances that had further enraged them to unleash more terror attacks on communities.
The statement read:
‘’The Middle Belt Forum, MBF, is deeply worried by the ugly security situation in the country, especially Kaduna State where the rising spate of insecurity has continued to increase on daily basis.