Northern elders, others endorse restructuring

Following a two-day Northern Summit, Arewa elders accept as true with thrown their weight on the aid of requires the restructuring of the nation, asserting that’s the finest diagram Nigeria would possibly perchance seemingly seemingly realise its potentials for financial and political constructing.

The Summit, which ended the day earlier than at present, became organised by the Northern Elders Discussion board (NEF) and other leaders of the sphere to tackle the socio-financial and political malice that accept as true with plagued the north and Nigeria in same old.

In a communiqué issued after the Summit, the Arewa leaders mentioned, “the North believes that restructuring the nation is now a vital necessity for survival as one united entity.”

In supporting the restructuring agenda for the nation, it became agreed that northern elites and political leadership should always pork up “their ranges of sensitivity to inclusiveness and administration of the North’s pluralism.

“The north will be stronger if it addresses its internal weaknesses, particularly around ethnoreligious issues, because it pertains to its challenges with the leisure of Nigeria.

“Idea and put collectively of constructing minorities and majorities amongst northerners should always haven’t any location in the north, nor is discrimination on the premise of location, faith or ethnic community of any Northerner. 

“The North would possibly perchance seemingly seemingly additionally no longer be stampeded or blackmailed into taking well-known choices around rotating the Presidency. The North attracts the distinction of the nation to the inherent fragility of the Nigerian Issue.” 

It added: “For Nigeria to dwell on, all components of the nation should always equally commit to supporting its continuation as one entity, without equivocation or subterfuge.

“The North extends an invitation to groups that are truly in discussing the vogue forward for the nation. The North believes that every ardour can also be accommodated in a single united, staunch, and equitable nation, nonetheless the North can no longer be the sole custodian of this endeavour.

“The North warns against the continuation of demonisation, assaults, and killings of northerners in the southern components of the nation. It requires that federal and stammer governments should always dangle less assailable steps to supply protection to people of northern communities who dwell in the south. This entails the arrest and prosecution of people who’re desirous about these harmful actions.

“The North urges northern communities to proceed to exercise restraint and be staunch hosts. The North invites the distinction of President Muhammadu Buhari, northern governors, and legislators to the truth that below their impress, the North has sunk decrease in all indices of human existence.”

The extra communiqué acknowledged: “Delegates on the Summit commit to always dangle in attempting to search out solutions, as smartly as raising their voices against downhearted governance, corruption, and absence of dedication to tackle insecurity, poverty, and hopelessness amongst northerners.

“Authorities should always speak efficient presence in all ungoverned areas in the North. The North resolves that there should always be authorities-backed negotiations and dialogue with the bandits, Boko Haram, and affected communities for efficient peace in the North.”

The communiqué became signed by Air Marshal Al-amin Daggash (rtd); Ambassador Ibrahim Mai-Sule; Dr. Usman Bugaje; Bello Suleiman; Dr. Sadiq Umar Abubakar; Harmless Ahure; Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa; Hajiya Bilkisu Oniyangi; Dr. Rose Danladi Idi; Nastrura Ashir Shariff; Yerima Shettima; Murtala Mohammed; D. S. Rimoni; Alhaji Muhammed Tahir; Alhaji Awual Tukur; Alhaji Iliyasu Yushau; Alhaji Aliyu Yaro and Prof. D. D. D. Sheni, who became Chairman of Communiqué Drafting Committee of the Summit.

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