Northern elders to Buhari: Our region under siege from Boko Haram, bandits

Northern elders to Buhari: Our region under siege from Boko Haram, bandits

- The insecurity in the north has been a source of worry to all stakeholders in the region

- Elders in the region say the north is under the besiegement of insurgents

- President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to address the situation

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Some northern elders have said the region is under the siege of Boko Haram, bandits, and kidnappers, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to restore peace to their domain.

The elders under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development expressed their concerns in a statement seen by and signed by the group's national coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni.

Northern elders to Buhari: Our region under siege from Boko Haram, bandits
President Buhari has been asked to intervene in the situation in the north. Photo credit: @MBuhari
Source: Twitter

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Part of the statement read:

“We wish to confirm that the entire north is still under siege from Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality.

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“From what is on ground, it would take the northeast more than 100 years to recover even if the war stops today.”

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Governor Okowa made the remark at a security seminar organised by his special adviser on religious matters, at a church in Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Okowa stated that while security agents were working hard to apprehend the perpetrators of heinous crimes, it had become imperative to equip church leaders and families with basic knowledge on personal security and safety at places of worship.

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