25 January 2013

Nigeria: FG Responsible for Underdevelopment of the North - Buhari

Former Head of State, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said that the present federal government should be held responsible for the spate of insecurity, socio-economic and political instability and educational backwardness of the north.

He made this known at the opening of a two-day summit held at Africa House, Government House, Kano on the strategy for a constructive engagement to save the collapsing northern economy, socio-political and educational standard.

The theme of the summit was "Development, peace and unity as a tool for enhancing socio-economic and political reforms in northern Nigeria."

General Buhari said that northern elite owe it a duty to themselves to give the federal government a wakeup call to its responsibility of ensuring safety of lives and property of the people in the northern region.

"No nation can survive when majority of its citizen's wobble in abject poverty and educational backwardness.

In a paper he presented tagged 'Insecurity in the North: Conspiracy or self inflicted,' former Director General, Military Intelligence, Brigadier-General Ibrahim Alhaji Sabo (rtd) said that with the emergence and horrible activities of Boko Haram, the temptation must be restricted because it's very misleading and with or without Boko Haram, the north has always been very insecure.

"I believe that the security challenges in the north is a creation of recycled northern leaders and elite who are more concerned with protecting their personal interest than that of the vulnerable youth," he stressed.

Dr. Alhaji noted that when intra-religious squabbles took inter-religious dimensions and later ethno- religious dimensions, it complicates the insecurity in the north that is now being blamed on Boko Haram.

He said these have not removed the reality that hunger, injustice and poor governance are fertile grounds for violence.

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