The Arewa Consultative Forum has blamed northern governors for the excessive stage of insecurity notably within the north and the nation at massive, describing their abandonment of youths within the area over time as a time bomb ready to blow up.
It additionally insisted on dialogue with different regional teams, such because the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and political organisation, Afenifere, its counterpart within the South East, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and the pan-Niger Delta Forum to enthrone peace within the north and Nigeria basically.
The ACF Chairman, Board of Trustees, Shehu Malami, famous that the insecurity attributable to this abandonment of the youth culminated within the banditry, kidnapping, herders/farmers clashes that had additionally unfold to different elements of the nation.
According to him, the failure of governors within the north to deal with the unfavorable socio-economic scenario youths from the area have been going by means of, which had pushed most of them into criminality, has set the north backward by a few years.
He stated the ugly scenario has rendered the youths as time bomb, which if pressing steps weren’t taken to deal with their plights, would explode at any second.
Speaking on the 2nd assembly of the Forum ‘s BOT in Kaduna, Malami lamented the dwindling economic fortunes of the country, saying the negative effects of the nation’s financial system have been extra pronounced within the north than in different elements of the nation.
He, nonetheless, blamed the unhealthy financial system on ineffective and inefficient financial insurance policies of the federal government which led to the present, “hyper-inflationary trends stiffing the economic and industrial growth and well-being of our people.”
Malami known as on the northern governors to industrialise the area in addition to set up monetary establishments to facilitate employment and improvement.
“It appears our leadership in the north is yet to understand and appreciate the bad situation of our youths. They are a time bomb which can explode at any given moment,’’ he said.
He explained that it was utterly injurious and catastrophic to delay any action to salvage the youths from lethargy, drugs and substance abuse as well as despondency, banditry and many more vices they could think of.
According to him, no sensible being will be happy to rely on any form of palliative,as every average person would want to earn his living.
He said: “Our leaders must show enough seriousness on the future well-being of the youths. They must find the way and means to encourage them in productive activities.
‘’As critical stakeholders, it behoves on us to conscientiously address our state governments in the north to take decisive actions towards industrialising the region.
“Northern governors and persons of means should be in a position to establish banking and other financial institutions to facilitate growth and development.
‘’Solid minerals and other resources abound in every state of our region which should be tapped as a matter of priority and urgency for our collective good.
“Our governments in the region should be made to understand this fact; to neglect agriculture is to court disaster and peril to ourselves.
“Boko Haram insurgency, Fulani wanton killings and kidnappings, herders/farmers face off, and other insurgent groups masquerading as the Fulani, have come to pose a more security challenge facing the governments and citizens, particularly in the north.”
On useful resource management and different types of agitations, he stated: “While we don’t harbour any fears for all these gimmicks, we should significantly be on our guard to stem any untoward strikes from any group on our area.
“We want correct preparation, even when dialogue is most popular towards any type of bodily confrontation. It is for this that the ACF ought to take each cheap step to interface with our counterparts, comparable to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the South-South Peoples Conference, the Oduduwa, PANDEF and Afenifere as proposed final week in the course of the NEC assembly of the ACF.’’