Northern groups have demanded for immediate and decisive steps to improve the security of lives and economic assets in the North by the federal and state governments.
This is as they passed a vote of no confidence on political office holders from the region.
The demand is contained in a communiqué of a summit held by the Northern Groups in Kaduna.
During the summit which was convened to assess the security, economic and political circumstances of the North and Northern communities in other parts of the country, the groups lamented the growing insecurity in the region despite notable successes recorded by the Muhammadu Buhari -led administration in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast and reviewed the options that are available to the region ahead of the 2019 general elections.
It also noted the dwindling economy of the region in the face of infrastructural deficit and lack of critical investment in human capital development.
To this end, the groups in the communiqué signed by Prof. Ango Abdullahi and 17 others, also appealed to President Buhari and Northern governors to “set in motion, serious initiatives towards achieving higher levels of trust among Northern communities which is vital for the imperatives of peace and justice.
“Insists that the routine denial of the rights of the North to its fair share of budgetary allocations by the federal government, must cease from 2018 budget. Northern representatives in the National Assembly must live up to their oaths to protect the rights of their constituents to equity in the allocation of national resources”.
The groups further warned that “ no Northern politician should expect to be voted for in the next general elections unless they demonstrate a willingness to champion a massive assault on poverty and underdevelopment in the North. In this regard, most political office holders from the North are hereby served notice that they have failed the test to lead the region towards economic recovery and growth”.