NEF, CNG, ACF, Others Reject Zoning, Throw Weight Behind Restructuring Advocates - Penangle | News Portal in Nigeria
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Ahead of the 2023 general election, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and other conveners of the  Northern Peoples Summit have said that restructuring the country is now a vital necessity for survival as one united entity.

VANGUARD reports that The North insisted that they would not be stampeded or blackmailed into taking major decisions around rotating the Presidency.

While reading the communiqué of  Northern Peoples Summit on Friday at the Arewa House in Kaduna,  Chairman of the Communiqué Drafting Committee, Prof. Doknan Sheni said
the Northern Peoples Summit convened on the 7th and 8th April, 2021 at Arewa House, Kaduna  discussed  issues bedevilling the North and the Nigerian State.

These include security, restructuring, economic, politics and the survival of the Nigerian State. After the the two-day intensive discussions, they resolved to sustain the summit as a productive forum for utilizing Pan-Northern assets in the search for resolution of Northern problems.

According to Prof. Sheni, they also resolved to encourage Northern elites and political leadership to improve their levels of sensitivity to inclusiveness and management of the North’s pluralism.

“The North will be stronger if it addresses its internal weaknesses particularly around ethno-religious matters as it relates to its challenges with the rest of Nigeria. Perception and practice of creating minorities and majorities among Northerners should have no place in the North, nor is discrimination on the basis of place, faith or ethnic group of any Northerner;” he said.

“The North believes that restructuring the country is now a vital necessity for survival as one united entity.The North will not be stampeded or blackmailed into taking major decisions around rotating the Presidency.” The professor stated.

He stressed the North drew attention of the country to the inherent fragility of the Nigerian State.

“For Nigeria to survive, all parts of the country must equally commit to supporting its continuation as one entity, without equivocation or subterfuge. The North extends an invitation to groups that are genuinely interested in discussing the future of the country. The North believes that every interest can be accommodated in one united, just and equitable nation, but the North cannot be the sole custodian of this endeavour.”

“The North warns against the continuation of demonization, attacks and killings of Northerners in the Southern parts of the country. It demands that federal and state governments must take firmer steps to protect members of Northern communities who live in the South. This includes the arrest and prosecution of persons who are involved in these dangerous activities.”

“The North urges Northern communities to continue to exercise restraint and be good hosts.”

“The North invites the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Northern Governors and legislators to the fact that under their watch, the North has sunk lower in all indices of human existence. Delegates at the summit commit to continuously engage in searching for solutions, as well as raising their voices against poor governance, corruption and absence of commitment to deal with insecurity, poverty and hopelessness among Northerners.,” he stated.

He added that “Government should show effective presence in all ungoverned spaces in the North.”

“The North resolves that there should be government-backed negotiations and dialogue with the bandits, Boko Haram and affected communities for effective peace in the North.”

“The North appreciates the response of Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum (NGF), Simon Lalong, to its invitation to attend the summit, and be a resource person who enriched our discussions.The Northern Peoples Summit will re-convene in the near future,” he concluded.

The communiqué was co-signed by representatives of the various groups at the summit such as  Air Marshal Al-amin Daggash of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Amb. Ibrahim Mai-Sule of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Dr. Usman Bugaje of Arewa Research Development Project (ARDP), Engr. Bello Suleiman of Code Group (CG), Dr. Sadiq Umar Abubakar Gombe  of The Northern Movement (TNM).

Others were Comrade (Dr.) Innocent Ahure of Northern Dev. Resource Centre (NDRC), Alh. Bashir Othman Tofa of Kano Concern Citizens Initiative (KCCI) Hajia Bilkisu Oniyangi of Arewa Initiative for Good Governance (AIGG), Dr. Rose Danladi Idi  of Northern Initiative Forum for Dev. (NIFD), Nastrura Shariff of Coaliation of Northern Groups (CNG), Yerima Shettima of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Murtala Mohammed of Joint Action Committee of Northern Youth Association (JACNYA), Comrade D. S. Rimoni of  Middle Belt People Assembly (MBPA), Alhaji Muhammed Tahir of Amalgamated Union of Food Stuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, Alh. Awual Tukur (Galadiman Delta) of       Northern Union Representing South South, Alh. Iliyasu Yushau of  Hausawa Onitsha, Northern Uinion Reps of South East  and Alh. Aliyu Yaro: Northern Union Rep of South West.

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