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Northern Elders Forum Stands Against Breakup Of Nigeria, Say They Are The Root Of The Country |RN

The Northern Elders Forum has said that the North has never agitated for the breakup of the country, hence, it does not have any plan for it.

This is just as a member of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Hakeem Baba-Ahmed expressed disappointment in the leadership style of Northern peoples who hold various political offices in the country.

Making the assertion on Monday, a former presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) party Bashir Othman Tofa, during the inauguration of students’ wing of Northern Youth Groups, organised by Coalition of Northern Youth held at Bayero University, Kano.

According to him, “If you look at our population and what we have together is more than what anyone can hope for. So to try to destroy this is certainly a lose-lose situation. That is why we here in the North would never say we want to leave this country. “

His words “If you examine the situation, you would find out it is only in Northern Nigeria that there is no agitation for the breakup of this country”

He said that the unity of the country is sacrosanct, adding that the North has been playing the role of encouraging the unity of Nigeria “That is why we are the root of this country. If the root is uprooted, the tree will not be there.

He then added that so we like to be patient, we like to encourage Nigerians to love their country to be united and tolerate one another. So that we can build a kind of country we like to build.”

He then advised Northerners to exercise patience in building the unity of the country, as they are the root of Nigeria’s unity.

It is Northern Nigeria that doesn’t have any specific plan of its own, in case Nigeria is divided. This means we have absolute confidence that being together is the best thing for all of us.”

Our responsibility is to exercise patience to make sure we guide this country to the kind of unity and progress we need to develop into a better country and even become a nation-state,” Mr Tofa said.

A member of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Hakeem Baba-Ahmed expressed disappointment in the leadership style of Northern peoples who hold various political offices in the country.

His words Northerners who hold different political positions had failed to address the region’s problems in areas considered to be of paramount importance for the region.

“We are disappointed with our northern leaders at all levels. We will be putting pressure on them to correct their mistakes of tackling the problem of insecurity, poor quality of education and health, the problem of economy among others.”

Alhaji Baba-Ahmed then charged northern governors to provide shelter for cattle headers in the zone to stop them from wondering about anyhow.

However, on the occasion, three regional coordinators for Northwest, Northeast and Northcentral geopolitical zones were inaugurated during the event.

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One thought on “Northern Elders Forum Stands Against Breakup Of Nigeria, Say They Are The Root Of The Country |RN

  1. Udeh Robert says:

    However, the speakers that spoke about leadership styles of Northern political office holders are the causes of disunity & agitation. You spoke correctly but I think the way things has gone has become too far. And I don’t think a u-turn can be possible looking at indices available to us as a people. The problem of Nigeria is with the Northern leaders. They parade incompetent leaders & equally use force to make people accept anything they want whether it will augur well for the country or not. Injustice as manifested in every aspect of our national life is a big knock on the head of other stakeholders in this country. And the problem mostly is that these leaders only think of themselves & their cronies leaving a little for their region. At 59 years of existence, nothing has worked & the cause is from these so called leaders
    Alhaji Umaru Musa YarArdua is a patriot for all Nigerians not just for a section. What can we say about this present regime that has so much promoted nepotism & hatred, using always wrong tools to go for work. How can you achieve success while using wrong materials and tools. Nigeria is more divided than ever before with this party & its regime. Look at our security agencies, there’s no more command & control. Everyone is oga except on the top hierarchy. It’s indeed sorrowful the way the nation has faired. They use their guns to bully the people they’re supposed to protect & at some cases commit crimes with it. What can we say about officers conniving with one another to forcefully seize someone’s phone, only to check bank balance & subject one to inhuman treatment in order to take away the money from him. Everybody has become a bandit from the ruling to the ruled. The country is in a total irredeemable mess at the level it has come & so all the various agitations. God holds the final say in all things.

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