April 23, 2024

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Security Agencies Allege Plots To Unsettle Northern Nigeria

Security agencies said they have uncovered plans by two serving governors from the northeast and northwest to unsettle northern Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general elections. According to the agencies, the prominent governors are leaders of a major political party working with a former governor of Sokoto State. They are alleged to have started recruiting different organisations, religious bodies, and youths from the northern and southern parts of the country in order to achieve their aims. Reports state that a discreet meeting was held at the governor’s lodge of one of the governors in Abuja on December 10, where the plans were allegedly hatched to perfect the disruption.

One of the sources said another meeting was held on the same day at a house on Usama Street, Maitama, Abuja where the plot was perfected. The source said: “Following the meetings, the governors and their cronies immediately put in motion activities to actualise their aims, and with the help of a popular youth identified as Sheriff, town hall meetings were held in Sokoto and other parts of the country where youths, non-governmental organisations, and religious bodies, among others, were courted to join their plans.”

Corroborating the allegation, another source also said the arrowheads of the group also agreed to employ the services of northern coalition groups and non-state actors to create civil disobedience within the country and the north in particular so as to create the impression that the federal government has failed Nigerians, and then present themselves as the best alternative in 2023.

“The prominent former Sokoto state governor also went ahead to grant an interview on December 11, 2021, where he blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for attending a book launch instead of visiting victims of bandits attacks, all with the aim of discrediting the federal government,”the source said. It also stated that from available intelligence, they have already courted aggrieved politicians, prominent respected northern traditional rulers to join forces with them. Recall that a coalition of Civil Society Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) recently urged President Buhari to strengthen the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) in order to win the war against insurgency and banditry in Nigeria.