Some northern leaders, political as well as traditional, appear set to launch mass protests across the northern states against the federal government to register their displeasure with the security situation in the country.
The top northern political leaders are said to be mobilizing northern youth groups, political pressure groups and other non-state actors for what might turn out as the ‘mother-of-all protests’ against the Buhari administration.
They are also reported to have reached out to non-state actors across the South of Nigeria, to give national coverage to the protests.
An unnamed top security source confirmed to Saturday Vanguard that the planned mass protests are planned to take place simultaneously so as to generate significant impact.
“The plot is coming on the heels of a discreet meeting organized by the Northeast governor, which was attended by one of the leaders of the Northern youths and others on December 10, 2021 at the Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro,” the top source indicated.
“Thereafter, on the same night, the former Northwest governor hosted the same groups at his residence in Maitama District of Abuja during which they resolved to deploy the services of northern coalition groups and other non-state actors to create a civil disturbance with a view to discrediting the federal government especially in the area of security and democratic governance.
“And, following the outcome of the Abuja meeting, the said leader organized a town hall meeting with youths, religious groups, women and other pressure groups while the former governor, angrily addressed a press conference on the state of insecurity in the north,” the top official explained.
The source noted that a top northern traditional ruler is being monitored for giving tacit support to the activities of the ‘malevolent’ politicians.
“But I can assure you that we are monitoring the situation to ensure that the malevolent politicians and their collaborators do not plunge the north or any part of Nigeria into avoidable crisis. While the serving governor still has immunity till 2023, we might not hesitate to move against those who have no immunity,” the official warned.