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Start with insurgency, Borno elders tell Buhari

The Borno Elders Forum  has congratulated the President elect General Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo over their cherished and well deserved victory in the just concluded presidential polls.

Buhari-victoryIn a statement by its chairman, Ambassador  Usman Gaji Galtimari, the forum said Nigerians deserve Buhari as their president and urged him to commence his administration by tackling insurgency.

According to the elders: “We urge Mr. President-elect to promptly eradicate all forms of insurgency and violence across the country. This should be the starting point. Nothing works without peace.

“We recently had had cause to plead with the nation to come up with a Marshall Plan for the North-East, starting first by setting up a high level Presidential Assessment Committee to take stock of the level of devastation. We need to be quickly rescued, rehabilitated, reconstructed, resettled and re-established.

“Over the few years under reference, Nigeria has been terribly polarised on sectional, religious and tribal lines. We thank the Al-Mighty Allah that Nigerians remained resolute in their desire for one indivisible, indissoluble and indestructible nation.

“Indeed, the spirit of Nigeria as our brothers’ keepers persisted at the level of the masses of our people. Now, Mr. President-Elect needs to cash in on this spirit of Nigerianness demonstrated by the masses of Nigeria throughout the nation. It had come to Nigerians constantly relocating to their states of origins each time there are issues like elections, census, and so on. Nigerians lived in the fear of the unknown even when they desired to live together in peace and harmony. The low turn-out of voters during the just concluded elections was a clear indication of that fear.”

“President-Elect needs to quickly address the diversification of sources of revenue generation in the country. We need to massively pay attention to agriculture and solid minerals development. We equally need to accelerate the exploration and exploitation of petroleum deposits, particularly in the Chad Basin, the Benue Trough and other places in Nigeria.

“Mr. President-Elect has a great task of taking away from the streets the millions of our unemployed youths. Jobs need to be created on daily basis and young people should be encouraged to partake in them. All school age children must be compelled to go to school. Massive investment in education and vocational training is a priority.

“Mr. President-Elect needs a great cabinet to achieve most of the promises made to Nigerians. We know General Buhari to be a straight-forward, simple, honest, incorruptible and just leader. He has been our Governor in the then North-East and also been our Nigerian Head of State.

“From his antecedents we have no doubt about his ability and resolve to deliver effectively. Yet, he needs a cabinet of like minds, men and women, who would think, dream, work and display transperency like him.

“Nigerians desperately need electricity, schools, healthcare, houses, roads, food and water supply and above all security.”

“Our Armed Forces, the Police and indeed all men and women in uniform need to be protected, motivated, well kitted and their needs of housing, equipment and so on adequately taken care-of. There is also the urgent need for mass recruitment into the Nigeria Police. The current number of Police Personnel are grossly inadequate. We already have mass of manpower readily available across the country. The pride and dignity of our Police and Military must be restored. We need a strong and loyal Military and a well respected and trusted Police. This is the pride of every great nation.

We once again congratulate the Peoples’ General and his Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo, a great clergy man of international repute. We pray for a smooth transition. We equally wish to appreciate the Statesmanship exhibited by President Goodluck Jonathan for not only conceding defeat but also embracing the President Elect. He will certainly be listed among the World leaders who lived for peace.


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