The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has on Saturday, said that it has suspended its planned protests in other States in the North, slated for today, Page 36 learnt.
In a statement issued by the CNG Image-Maker, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, he remarked that having consulted widely and recounting the gains gathered during the protest in Katsina and Niger States, they have decided to keep the planned protests 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.
This has come as good news to President Muhammadu Buhari, who was worried about his international image being tainted by the events of earlier this week, by the Group.