A group, the Northern Consensus Movement has called on the Buhari-led government to pay them the compensation it promised them before they leave office by May 29.
The group said failure to fulfill this promise before they leave office will leave them with no option than to block food supply from the North to the South. The group said they are demanding for the compensation for their members who were killed or lost properties to the violence in the Southeast and other parts of the South.
According to the president of the group, Comrade Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu, they’ve had various meetings with representatives of government and even at one time met with the Chief of staff to the president under the leadership of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, where they were told to withdraw their protest and promised to be compensated. He said two years after agreeing to this, the promise of the compensation is yet to be fulfilled.
Speaking further, the president of the group said, “our people have been agitated completely, cries has been up and then the security agencies knew very well what our association did to stop the reprisal attack on the western and eastern citizens that are resident in the Northern part of Nigeria. All the security agencies and the government itself is aware of how much we have worked to make sure that there is no reprisal killings or attacks or destruction of properties of any Southerner or Easterner in the North.
So we are saying pay this compensation within the period of the life span of this government as promised which we think it’s about 13 days, otherwise, we will have no option than to go back to the third option of blocking anything supplied from the North to the entire Southern and eastern states.”
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