Northern leaders gathered in Zaria yesterday, and looked into the security situation in Nigeria, concluding that the Federal Government is yet to do enough to stop the killings and destruction of property across the land.
They also spoke against what they saw as unjustified silence of the FG over developing crisis in the North by bandits, herdsmen, kidnappers, armed robbers and other gangs obstructing the peace without proper response from a government that is not active.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the Convener of the NEF, Prof Ango Abdullahi, they said, “Today, the north still lives under horrendous Boko Haram threats, a situation, which has been aggravated by threats of banditry, kidnappings, armed robbery, marauding youth gangs, herders and farmers mini-wars and seemingly overwhelmed or indifferent governments.
“Agriculture, our pride and national economic comparative advantage, the greatest employer of labour and leading contributor to GDP is in ruins as animal husbandry and crop and roots farming are in the throes of war and damage.
“Our rural folks live in perpetual fear of attacks from sundry terrorist assassins without any reprieve. Our major highways and transportation systems are being abandoned as they have become death traps.
“Should the Nigerian people continue to run and hide from criminals under an administration that has enjoyed and received support especially from Northern Nigerians that it cannot address their existential and developmental challenges?”