The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has urged the 19 state governors in the north, traditional rulers and both federal and state lawmakers to move swiftly and find a lasting solution to the crises bedevilling the region.
The chairman of ACF’s peace and planning committee, Alhaji Mohammed Gusau, made the call yesterday in Ilorin during a visit to Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Gusau noted that the chaos in the northern region had assumed a dangerous dimension, which required urgent and decisive actions on the parts of the governors, the monarchs and the lawmakers in the region.
He charged the monarchs and the elective representatives of the people of the north at both the state and federal levels to forge a common front in fighting the menace threatening the peace of the region.
He noted an average northerner used to be known to be peaceful, accommodating and his brothers’ keepers irrespective of location, tribe or religion affiliation and lamented that the trend had changed.
Gusau, a former deputy governor of Sokoto State sued for Nigerians support for the people of the region in their bid to restore peace to the region, stressing that to realize vision 2020, “one leg of the country should not be in crisis.”
In his remarks, Governor Ahmed attributed the incessant crisis in the northern region to the inability of the leaders of the region to discharge their responsibilities accordingly.
“We have the problem of leadership. Our leaders, who should have been committed to the common goal - development of the region, have become self-centred, and this affects the political stability, economy and education of the region.”
Instead of fighting the people of south-south over resource control, Ahmed said the northerners should focus attention on agricultural practice, which gave them more income in the past.