ABUJA— Federal Government, Thursday, said the Northern part of the country is lagging behind in all spheres of development.

Mr. Labaran Maku, Minister of Information, in Abuja, said if care was not taken, the North will be left behind while the nation moves forward.

The North, he reiterated, lagged behind the rest of the country on almost every measure of economic development adding that the region is not in tune with development in all areas of human indices including education, infrastructure among others.

“The North is deep in poverty and if any part of the country deserves peace, it is absolutely the Northern part but if we allow peace to elude us, the development we are craving for will never come”

“I cannot imagine any investor that will go and invest in Maidguguri as at now. Without peace, there cannot be development. Without peace, unemployment and poverty cannot be tackled”

He, however tasked the leaders in that part of the country to bring the northerners together as a force and promote peace in order to keep pace with the rest of the country.

“I therefore call on the leaders in the North including traditional rulers, local government chairmen, Counsellors and legislators and whosoever is in that capacity to challenge and march the region forward otherwise, the rest of Nigeria will move forward and leave the North behind”

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