The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has condemned the killing of some students and a teacher of a secondary school in Yobe State in an attack by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.
Reacting to the news, the Executive Chairman of the Coalition, Debo Adeniran, condemned the killing of the innocent pupils and called on the federal government and well-meaning Nigerians to rise up to the security challenges in this country.
“The senseless destruction of lives and properties by the Boko Haram insurgents and other militant groups has called for urgent action from well-meaning Nigerians. It is an act of cruelty for the Boko Haram members to unleash such terror on defenseless students. The murder of these pupils and their teacher is highly condemnable and unpardonable. The perpetrators of the heinous crime must be brought to book as soon as possible,” Adeniran said.
Stressing further, Comrade Adeniran said that the attacks by Boko Haram and other militant groups on the country is a clear indication of system failure as the government has failed the mass of Nigerian people.
He said, “Boko Haram is a clear indication of system failure as the governments at all levels have failed woefully. There is high level of political exclusion; and the poverty rate in the country is scary. This is a country where two-thirds of the population lives below poverty line; majority of Nigerians are disempowered. The government at all levels care less about the plight of the masses. What else do you expect from the deprived? The government must see Boko Haram beyond the Islamic extremists that are bent on islamising the nation. It is worthy to note that the Boko Haram are more than the religious bigots that the government portrays them to be. The killings of several Muslims since the beginning of this insurgency attest to this.
The government should be true to itself and accept the fact that Boko Haram is a result of the socio-economic deprivation of the northern part of the country over the years. The federal government should also realize that several other regions in Nigeria are angry with it, hence it should begin the process of convoking the conference of the people to address the myriads of challenges bedeviling this nation or it would be courting a bloody revolution in no distant time.”
Media Officer, CACOL
08 July, 2013