A College lecturer and Director, Centre for Democratic Improvement, Analysis and Coaching, Zaria, Prof. Abubakar Siddique Mohammed has stated that the 2023 normal election might not maintain in some elements of the nation due to persistent rising insecurity.
In accordance with him, we now have been learning this (banditry) for the previous 10 years, what you see is that it’s increasing. It began as criminality and now people who find themselves ideologically inclined are transferring in.”
He added that they wished to power Nigerians into their ideologies. They’re profitable extra territories. The bandits are criminals, solely curious about cash and never the territory.
He famous that the opposite group will not be curious about cash however in territories. And it will be troublesome as a result of they consider in their very own trigger.
He made the assertion on Tuesday whereas talking on the theme of the occasion, Occasion Politics and Electoral Violence in Nigeria, through the sixth version of the annual Northern Parts Progressive Union, (NEPU) Day to mark the 72nd anniversary of the union organized by the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research, Mambaya home in Kano.
Prof. Mohammed stated the nation is dropping extra territories to terrorists citing cases of locations reminiscent of Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State and most elements of Zamfara State.
His phrases,“I’m not a soothsayer however I do know that if nothing is completed to stem the tide reminiscent of we now have seen, election might not maintain in lots of locations. Take for example, Birnin Gwari, they’ve taken over the place. So how would you conduct election there? One other occasion is many elements of Zamfara, are you able to conduct election there? Except they’ve been defeated.
He nonetheless famous that “in contrast to in southern Nigeria the place political violence was incidental and spontaneous each time it broke out, political violence was intentionally institutionalized in northern Nigeria by way of the collaboration of the British colonial administration and the Native Authority whose officers had been partisans of the dominant political occasion the Northern Peoples Congress because the expertise of NEPU proves.
Since its formation on August eighth, 1950 NEPU and its members had been subjected violence each within the type of harassment and direct bodily assault. Extant police intelligence report has proven that every one the conferences of NEPU from that of its inception and subsequent conferences, conferences and congresses got here below efficient police surveillance.
Since its formation, the NEPU was feared by each colonial administration and the Native Authority each due to its radical political ideology and its affiliation with what colonial officers described as aggressive and extremist southern agitators in Kano and elsewhere who had been illiberal of colonial authorities and bitterly hostile in direction of the Native Authority. Therefore the formation of the Affiliation Political Occasion Thugs, in Jamiyyar Mahaukata by the then ciroma of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi. These thugs had been often unleashed on members of NEPU and different opponents of the colonial administration and the Native Authority.
In response to the frequent assaults and molestations by these NPC thugs, the NEPU fashioned a defence committee often called Yan Akussa, who retaliated these acts of violence. This was how political violence got here to be institutionalized within the occasion politics of northern Nigeria.
“As a matter of truth, election and different political violence being witnessed in Nigeria from the second republic to the latest in 2011 and a number of the most up-to-date have their genesis on this part of the political historical past of Nigeria.”
He then acknowledged that what’s extra disturbing is the truth that the tradition of political and election violence proceed to persist in Nigeria although successive governments have tried to deal with this drawback.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of Bayero College, Kano, BUK, Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas acknowledged that poverty of ideology is one key problem confronting the present-day political events, in contrast to NEPU.
Prof. Abbas represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teachers), Prof. Sani Muhammad Gumel nonetheless counseled the organizers of the occasion noting that, the theme of the occasion Occasion Politics and Electoral Violence in Nigeria could be very apt and topical in view of the truth that most political events at this time are bereft of ideologies and articulated programmes.