CNG suspends planned protests in other Northern states
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has said it has suspended its planned protests in other states slated for Saturday.
In a statement issued by CNG image-maker, Abdul-azeez Suleiman remarked that having consulted widely and recounting the gains gathered during the protest in Katsina and Niger, they have decided to keep the planned protest in view.
According to the statement, the group maintained that it would monitor the progress of the renewed pledge by the government.
Part of the statement reads as follows: “The entire northern public are proud to recount the following gains made from the Katsina march and the sustained tempo that came with it.
“The attention of the Federal Government and other levels of government and the international community has been called to the desperation and urgency of the situation.
“The Presidency had been made to tighten up for the discharge of its primary responsibility of protecting citizens’ lives and properties.
“For the first time, the President had publicly acknowledged the unsatisfactory performance of the security institutions.
“The hitherto estranged helpless communities have been reassured that other Nigerians feel their pain as well.
“Throughout the last 48 hours the CNG has been engaged in serious discussions with major concerned and responsible stakeholders and received useful feedback and advice.
“Majorly, we were engaged by the Northern Elders Forum and religious and some traditional rulers who advised us among other things, to consider reviewing the scheduled regional protests for Saturday, June 20, 2020.
“We are happy to say that we have, after hours of deliberations, resolved to keep the planned protests in view meanwhile to monitor the progress of the renewed pledge by government.
“We shall draft a comprehensive action plan to complement this effort in due course,” the statement concluded.
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