Northern Elders Forum (NEF) at the weekend, blamed the re occurring insecurity challenges in the zone to the failure of leadership at the three ties of government to address and arrest poverty and underdevelopment.
The forum said after its meeting in Zaria at the weekend, that Nigeria has all the resources and ideas but lacks the political will to tackle the problem.
“There is serious irresponsibility of governance in the country, especially in the North, the leadership is not doing enough to meet the challenges of poverty and underdevelopment,” he said.
Chairman of NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi regretted that that a recent report by an international organization, which put the total number of out – of school children in Nigeria at 13.5 million indicated thast about 90 percent are from the North.
“The children will be adult in the next ten years, no education, no vocational training, what do you expect then? Insecurity situation”
Ango, who disclosed that the Forum had earlier passed a vote of no confidence on elected political leaders from the North, starting with President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors and legislators, over the issue of poverty, and under development, lamented that instead of development, northern states are presently living with the threat of Boko Haram terror, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, marauding youth gangs, and cattle herder-farmers conflicts.
“It has become imperative for the Forum to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to respond to the threats faced by northern Nigerians following incessant killings in the some states,” Abdullahi stated.
According to him, NEF cannot remain silent watching criminal activities and bloodletting escalating across the country, especially in northern Nigeria.
“Agriculture, which is our pride and major employer of labour and contributor to Gross Domestic Product, has been ruined as rural dwellers are living in perpetual fear of terrorists or bandits attacks, while highways become death traps to travelers.”
NEF wondered why the problem continues to escalate while the Buhari administration has the capacity to end the perennial killings of innocent Nigerians.