Northern Youths Protest killings in region, allege Buhari of failure


Some angry youths have blocked some major highways in the Northern part of the country to protest against incessant attacks by armed bandits in the region.

The protest followed the killing of 45 travellers by bandits in Sokoto.

The protesters, displaying placards depicting their anger at the situation, have been sighted in Kano, Bauchi, Zamfara and Sokoto states.

They are also in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nigeria’s seat of government.

They called on President Muhammadu Buhari and governors to show more interest in tackling insecurity.

At least 30 passengers were burnt to death when gunmen suspected to be bandits burnt a bus on a road linking the Sabon Birni Local Government Area and the village of Gidan Bawa in Sokoto State on Tuesday.
Buhari, in his reaction as contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, described the killing as evil.

He said: “I am very distressed at the manner of death visited on these hapless citizens who were undertaking a legitimate journey to another part of the country.

“It shows that the evil this administration is confronting requires the support and involvement of all Nigerians.

“I extend deep condolences to the families of the victims as I assure that the security agencies will continue to give their all to bring to an end the operations of these despicable people.”

However, the anger was further compounded by Buhari’s visit to Lagos on Thursday to inaugurate some projects and attend the launch of an autobiography of Bisi Akande, a former Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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