ByÂ Emeka Mamah
KADUNAâ€”The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF,Â yesterday, said the North is gradually becoming a problematic area because of recurring ethno-religious crises among other issues and called for the cooperation of leaders in the region to reverse the trend.
Vice-Chairman,Â ACF’ s Board of Trustees, Senator Ladan Shuni, who spoke in Kaduna, yesterday, added that the problems bedeviling the North were not caused by the past leaders of the region, stressing that the new crop of leaders in the area must take responsibility for whatever is happening and try to redress it.
He spoke during ACFâ€™s BOT meeting in Kaduna.
Ladan noted that the North lacked the enabling environment for the implementation of government policies and programmes, pointing out 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 and insisted that the present situation, if allowed to continue, would not only jeopardise the peace of the region but ensure a bleak future for the youth.
â€œThere are a lot of crises in the North; there have been Boko Haram, Kala Kato, and the present Jos crisis.
â€œThe North is becoming the problem of the country and it is the North that should come together and solve the problem.
â€œApart 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.
â€œThe quality of our education has not only reduced but has also deteriorated and there is unemployment everywhere and no sign of improvement.
â€œFrom 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,â€ he added.