Northern Youths To Meet Region’s Ex-Presidents Over Insecurity



IBBBy Lawal A. Dogara

Worried over the increased killings in Northern Nigeria, particularly the North-East, Northern Youths’ groups on Friday said they have set up two committees that would convey their disenchantment to past and present leaders of the region so as to find a solution to the insecurity problem.

The groups under the aegis of Action Citizens Action For Change disclosed this in a communiqué signed by Convener Ashir Sharif and 17 others at the end of a Summit organized by the groups in Kaduna.They said the youths are disturbed by the way and manner people are killed with impunity in the region.‘ We noted that while these killings are going on in the region, our past and present leaders appear unperturbed. They have been primarily concerned about 2015 polls and the crumbs that may come out of the so called National Conference. The summit regretted that at no time did the region’s stock of retired Generals, former Head of States, past and present political office holders ever make any effort of sitting together to work out a solution.
“ So the first committee would convey the message personally to General Yakubu Gowon, TY Danjuma, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Aliyu Gusau, Shehu Shagari and former vice president Atiku Abubakar among others.
“The second committee would be assigned with contacting Serving government officials such as the Senate President David Mark, Speaker of the house Tambuwal, IG of Police, National Security Adviser, Attorney-General of the Federation and Northern Governors Forum and speakers of 19 Northern House of Assemblies,” they said.

The groups added that the two committees would be expected to submit the report of their
findings to the committee of 15 man council formed as the highest Northern Youth and Students decision making body for further necessary action and to work with the Northern Elders Forum and Arewa Consultative Forum. According to them, the committee would put up a roadmap out of the insecurity crisis in the region.

The groups further accused President Jonathan of running a biased government in favour of
one part of the country. They also alleged that with his style of leadership and the election conducted in Anambra State Nigerians would not expect a free and fair elections come 2015.

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