Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has called on people of the North to irrespective of their religion and ethnicity, summon courage and come together to salvage the country, as Nigerians go into another round of election next year.
This is just as he highlighted the numerical strength of the North, which he said puts the region in a position to either make or mar the future of Nigeria.
He made this call weekend in Kaduna, while speaking on behalf of other All Progressives Congress (APC) governors at the party’s Northern Stakeholders’ interactive meeting.
According to Shettima, the North in the best of times was the least in all indices of economic development, let alone now that insurgency is ravaging some parts of it, saying that “we are now the poorest of the earth. Poverty has no religion, it has no ethnicity, therefore, we must reach out to other parts of the country, so that by 2015, other Nigerians can join forces with us to salvage the country.
“We must not fight over political offices within the party. We must not allow our aspirations as individuals to jeopardize our collective resolve to salvage the country. We have the number and we are in the position to make or mar the future of the generation yet unborn in this country.
“The north is in shambles. Citizens have become refugees in their country. There is need to produce the next President from the north. But this is not without challenges, requiring vigilance and courage. There is need to bury our differences and become united to confront the challenges ahead. If we can summon courage to come together irrespective of our religious and ethnic differences, we are poised to forming the next government, come 2015”, he said.
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