From Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna
The Northern Consensus Movement (NCM), an amalgamation of 593 community-based, socio-cultural and economic associations from the 19 Northern States and associations of Northerners residing in the 17 Southern States, has condemned the recent bombing of unarmed civilians in Tudun Biri, Kaduna State.
The group expressed its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and pledged its solidarity with the people of Tudun Biri, Afaka, and the entire Kaduna State during this difficult time.
In a press statement, NCM President Comrade Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu called for a thorough investigation into the incident and urged the authorities to hold those responsible accountable. He also demanded adequate compensation for the families of the victims.
“Bombs and military actions should have been targeted at bandits and terrorists, not innocent and peaceful members of the community. We call for a thorough and detailed investigation into this appalling incident. Those responsible for this dastardly attack must be identified, held accountable, and brought to justice” said Comrade Aliyu.
The NCM commended the recent visit of the Minister of State Defence, Bello Matawalle, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Dr. Kana, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Musa, and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Lagbaja to Tudun Biri.
The group also praised the visit of the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, and expressed support for the government’s plans to kick off the Pulako Initiatives in the affected communities.
The NCM urged the government to take decisive action to improve security and prevent future tragedies. The group specifically called for the following: Modernization of the Armed Forces and Police, Creation of a Community Security Intelligence Intervention Committee (CSIIC), Focus on information gathering and dissemination, Improved distribution of law enforcement assets and Justice for the victims of the Tudun Biri bombing.
In conclusion, the NCM urged the people of Kaduna to remain united and resilient in the face of adversity. The group assured them that it will continue to advocate for their safety and well-being.
“We stand with the people of Kaduna during this time of grief and loss. We will not rest until those responsible for this attack are brought to justice” said Comrade Aliyu.