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North becoming Nigeria’s problem – ACF chieftain

From left: His Eminence Alh. Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Ado Bayero Emir of Kano and Estu Nupe Alh. Yahaya Abubakar at the emergency meeting of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council at Lugard Hall Kaduna Tuesday.PHOTO BY OLU AJAYI.

By Emeka Mamah
KADUNA—THE Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, yesterday, said that the North was gradually becoming a problematic area because of recurring cases of ethno-religious crises among other issues. He called for the cooperation of leaders in the region to reverse the trend.

Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees of ACF, Senator Ladan Shuni, who made this known in Kaduna said the litany of problems bedeviling the North were not the past leaders of the region adding that the new crop of leaders in the area must take responsibility for whatever is happening and try to redress it.

Governor Namadi Sambo of Kaduna State (left) with his Niger State Counterpart Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu at the emergency meeting .

Ladan who spoke during ACF’s Board of Trustees, BOT, meeting in Kaduna, also said the North lacked the enabling environment for the implementation of government policies and programmes, noting that it was the duty of all the northern leaders, past and present to resolve the problems.

According to the ACF chieftain, there was an urgent need for urgent solution to the issues affecting the old North if the area is to be developed even as he insisted that the present situation, if allowed to continue would not only jeopardize the peace of the North but ensure a bleak future for the youth.

He said: “There are a lot of crises in the North; there have been Boko Haram, Kala Kato, and the present Jos crisis. The North is becoming the problem of the country and it is the North that should come together and solve the problem.

“Apart from the issue of begging, there are other problems that were hitherto not known or associated with the North; but kidnapping is even here in the North. The quality of our education has not only reduced but has also deteriorated and there is unemployment everywhere and no sign of improvement.

From the foregoing it is now the duty of the leaders both past and present and many who are here present to save the north in particular and the country in general, because as it is, the future is bleak.”


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