The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has described the current insecurity in Nigeria, especially the North as “serious irresponsibility of governance in the country and leadership failure”
The NEF called on President Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate a higher level of concern and sensitivity to the plight of traumatised citizens, especially in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Benue, Niger, Plateau and Taraba States.
The group also blasted other tiers of government for failing to address and arrest the abject poverty and under-development in the country.
According to NEF, Nigeria has the resources and ideas but lacks the political will to tackle the problems.
The NEF Chairman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi revealed when he spoke to newsmen after the forum’s meeting in Zaria.
Abdullahi said: “There is serious irresponsibility of governance in the country, especially in the North; the leadership is not doing enough to meet up the challenges of poverty and under-development.
“We also demand a decisive, comprehensive and fundamental government actions against poverty, underdevelopment and insecurity affecting North as well as show leadership and compassion which are reciprocal expectation of the Nigerian people.”
Abdullahi also lamented the number of children reportedly out of school in the north.
According to Abdullahi, a recent report of an international organisation revealed that 90 percent of the over 13.5 million children out-of-school in the country were from the North.
He added, “The children will be adult in the next 10 years; no education, no vocational training, what do you expect then? Insecurity situation.”
Abdullahi expressed sadness that instead of development, northern states were living under horrendous Boko Haram threats, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, marauding youth gangs, herders and farmers clashes.