- Northern Leaders have been warned against inflammatory statements
- The warning was issued by Arewa Consultative Forum
- ACF called on the governors of northern states to pay adequate attention to agriculture
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Religious, traditional and political leaders in the northern region of the country have been asked to refrain from making inflammatory statements. The call was made by Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF).
According to the group, this is in order not to worsen the tension in the region.
This was issued in a communique issued after the first meeting of the newly elected national working committee (NWC).
The committed is headed by Audu Ogbeh, former minister of agriculture.
Going further, the forum asked the federal and state governments to take urgent steps to “arrest the deteriorating security situation” in the north.
Going further, Emmanuel Yahwe, spokesman of the forum, in the statement, urged governors in the region to pay adequate attention to agriculture, The Cable reports.
“Northern states should take advantage of the N75 billion loan to farmers in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing in Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).
“Unemployment has become a big menace to the northern region. State governors are advised to design employment schemes for our teeming youths who have become frustrated and pose an additional threat to the security of the north and the country.
“State governors are also advised to key into programmes of the federal government designed to offer employment to the youth and alleviate poverty,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Arewa Crusaders Against Banditry (ACAB) has hailed the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, and troops of the Nigerian army for the rapid success recorded through operation Sahel sanity in the northwest.
The group said the army has exceeded residents' expectations and returned normalcy to the once-troubled northwest region, particularly in Zamfara and Sokoto States.
Speaking on the launch of army's Operation Sahel Sanity which took place in July, the leader of the ACAB, Idris Gambo, said the exercise is already yielding results with hundreds of bandits killed and many others injured or captured.
Legit.ng had also reported that the Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said troops of the special forces from the army arrived the state to end the killings in southern Kaduna.
Aruwan said the troops arrived Sector 7, the headquarters of Operation Safe Haven ahead of their deployment to parts of the state.
He also charged the troops to take the battle to the bandits and ensure that peace and security are restored to southern Kaduna.
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