Northern Elders Forum to Meet in Kaduna… Secession, Restructuring, Others top the Agenda 

IHIDERO Victor Osae, Kaduna

An all inclusive region summit on the position of Northern Nigeria on the lingering multiple national issues confronting Nigeria has been scheduled for 10th October Monday and Tuesday, in kaduna.

Top of the summit’s agenda is the position of the north in the issues of secession, restructuring, corruption and other problems which beset the region as well as Nigeria under the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. 

The summit which is organised by Northern Elders Forum (NEF) is also expected to bring other contending topical issues to the fore, with a view to discuss, address and find lasting solutions to them.

Addressing journalists during a pre-summit conference, at the weekend in Kaduna, Spokesperson of NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi, who is also the chairman organising committee said the forum is known for influencing opinions in the North and the country which has led to the change in government at several times.

“We have continue to monitor political, social, economic and other forms of development in country with the particular focus on the North.

“We still believe that we can continue to influence events in the North and by implication influence events in the country, because this is a very large segment of the country and if things are not going well in the North, you can take it from me that not many things will go well in the rest of the country”, he said.

Specific issues billed for discussion includes: political crises, instabilities exhibited in two major political parties and its consequences; corruption created and promoted by the existing political parties system, and calls for restructuring of the country, secession of some parts, unhealthy relationships between 3 arms of government with focus on 1999 constitution.

Troubling national issues such as Boko Haram insurgency, Niger Delta, South East Militancy, Banditry, robbery and kidnappings will be respectively discussed.

Other issues to be discussed are: pervasive poverty, economic hardship, policies and strategies, religion and other forms of inter-communal relations like herdsmen/farmers conflict.

According to Ango Abdullahi, it has become imperative for Northerners across board, to come together to examine the situation and take a position which would help the region develop a framework for action for key reference point in future national discourse.

He added that the summit is aimed at becoming instrumental in mobilising governments, stakeholders, and indeed, sensitising the Nigerian citizenry on the states of the nation.

The outcome of the summit, according to him, shall also provide a viable constructive platform at presenting a common and unified position of the North in any national dialogue.

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