Blame Northern Governors for insecurity in Nigeria — Arewa Forum.

Written by on July 1, 2021

Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, on Wednesday blamed northern governors for the high level of insecurity particularly in the north and the country at large, describing their abandonment of youths in the region over time as a time bomb waiting to explode.

It also insisted on dialogue with other regional groups, such as the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Afenifere, its counterpart in the South East, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and the pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, to enthrone peace in the north and Nigeria in general.

Although chairman of Northern Governors Forum and governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, failed to react  on behalf of his colleagues, he, however, said his government and past administrations in the state had done enough to encourage the youths and disabuse their minds from engaging in criminality.

Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the group, Ambassador Shehu Malami, who traded the blame, noted that the insecurity caused by this abandonment of the youth culminated in the banditry, kidnapping, herders/farmers clashes that had also spread to other parts of the country.

According to him, the failure of governors in the north to address the negative socio-economic situation youths from the region were going through, which had pushed most of them into criminality, has set the north backward by many years.

He said the ugly situation has rendered the youths as time bomb, which if urgent steps were not taken to address their plights, would explode at any moment.

Speaking at the 2nd meeting of the Forum ‘s BOT in Kaduna, Malami lamented the dwindling economic fortunes of the country, saying the negative effects of the nation’s economy were more pronounced in the north than in other parts of the country.

He, however, blamed the bad economy on ineffective and inefficient monetary policies of the government which led to the current, “hyper-inflationary trends stiffing the economic and industrial growth and well-being of our people.”

Malami called on the northern governors to industrialise the region as well as establish financial institutions to facilitate employment and development.

He explained that it was utterly injurious and catastrophic to delay any action to salvage the youths from lethargy, drugs and substance abuse as well as despondency, banditry and many more vices they could think of.

Credit: Vanguard

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