From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
A chieftain of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and a delegate to the on-going National Conference, AVM Mukhtar Mohammed (rtd), has said the present
Boko Haram insurgency and other insecurity bedeviling the nation was created by those who were desperate to hold on to political power in the country at the expense of innocent Nigerians.
He stated this during a conference of the Arewa Research & Development Project held in Kaduna yesterday.
According to the retired General, the Boko Haram problem lingered so long because those who are at the helms of affairs lacked political will to tackle and arrest the situation at the inception and the problem has turn to a monster which will consume even themselves if care is not taken.
Mohammed also added that it is time for the North to think upright and go back to the North they received from the founding fathers of the region in order to salvage it from numerous problems of insecurity and poverty.
“We have to come to our senses and know that our enemies thrive on our disunity and we can only stop them if we unite as a people for the benefit of our region and our country.
“The recent happening in the National Assembly where some group tries to smuggle in a new constitution which would have turned the political landscape of the country is an example. Those of us in the conference know that at no time have we mandated any group to draft any new constitution for the country.
“The leaders of the Northern delegates at the confab rose up and mobilized the delegates who spoke in one voice and disassociate themselves from the drafted new constitution. As I’m talking to you, I just received breaking news from the confab center that the leadership of the confab have seen reason and has treated the drafted constitution as rubbish. This shows that when we’re united as a people, we can go a long way to fight for our right,” he said.
In his own remark, the chairman of the occasion Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye, challenged the North to wake up from its slumber and come out with one voice to address the problem in the region.
According to him, the people in the north have been spoonp-fed for too long and it is time to show people that they can feed themselves.
“If not for anything, those of us from this region have vast land for agriculture that can produce enough food for us and the whole nation and even export. But today, the people who are supposed to be on the farmland are in Lagos busy selling Dollars or in Abuja serving as contract agents. They have to come back to their God given resources and develop agriculture by using the modern technology,” Abisoye admonished.