A non-governmental group, the Network of Yobe Civil Society Organisations. condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari government reaction to the rising insecurity in the North-East.
It said government ensured heavy deployment of security agents during top government officials’ visits to cities in the North-East, but left ordinary citizens in the lurch.
The group in a statement on Monday by one of its leaders, Baba Shehu, expressed concern about the growing insecurity in the North-East in recent weeks, especially on the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway, where innocent travellers were killed on a daily basis; yet, the government chose to be silent without a proactive measure.
Shehu said, “We wish to remind the government that as citizens, we have rendered every support required by the security forces on the ground to curb the insurgency in our state and region, even at the expense of our fundamental rights which have faced serious abuses, but, it seems our lives are taken for granted by tolerating insurgents to continually feast on.
“The government should equally remind itself that our priority need from her is security, which it has not done enough to provide, but succeeded in making citizens lose confidence in her sincerity in that direction.
“We are all witnesses to the heavy security deployments whenever top government officials visit our cities, exposing us to unnecessary hardship throughout their stay. Therefore, we consider the lacklustre attitude in securing our highways and communities by the government as hypocritical and the height of irresponsibility and as such we are calling on her to take proactive measures in ensuring the security of our lives and property.”