Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 January 2013

Nigeria: NUJ President Urges Northern States to Emulate South-East

Awka — President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mohammed Garba, has appealed to northern governors to emulate their South-East counterparts in promoting peace and security in their communities.

He spoke to newsmen in Awka, Anambra State.

Garba, who said peace and security are keys to the development of any society, stressed the need for governors to collaborate with stakeholders to promote stability in their domains.

He regretted that the menace of insecurity is retarding development in the north, noting that key stakeholders in the region must work together to salvage the situation.

Garba warned that the situation could further degenerate if it is not addressed holistically.

"I am afraid that if the situation continues like this, there will be a lot of problems. The problem of unemployment will increase, businesses will crumble and the issue of insecurity will be on the high side," he said.

He commended governors of the south eastern states for their commitment to stem the tide of kidnapping and other forms of criminality in the region.

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