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Northern Elders Demand Decisive Action To End Killings

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Northern Elders Demand Decisive Action To End Killings

(NEF) has urged the federal government to take more decisive action against the growing spate of killings in the country. Following the adoption of a report of the forum’s secretariat for the expansion of its presence and impact in all parts of the North, the elders also set-up a special committee to unite the Northern region.

The committee is saddled with the responsibility of intervening in the peace and socio-economic unity of the North, particularly in Benue, Kogi, Zamfara, Taraba, Plateau and Kaduna States where the killings have been taking place. A communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of all the organs of the forum held at the Arewa House Kaduna on Monday noted that the Northern elders reviewed the state of security of Northern communities, the economy and events related to the 2019 elections. The communiqué signed by Prof Ango Abdullahi, convener of the Northern Elders Forum also took stock of the killings in many parts of the North. The Northern elders drew the attention of all leaders to the fact that the security of citizens and the promotion of their welfare are the only purpose of government. They also cautioned politicians and religious leaders to avoid all forms of ‘reckless and senseless’ utterances capable to causing violence. The forum, while noting the efforts of political leaders, security agents and the federal government to stopping the alarming levels of killings in North East, Zamfara, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau and many other parts of the North, called for more decisive efforts to bring the killings to an end. The communiqué noted: “Citizens’ faith in the nation and its leadership is directly related to a demonstration of its willingness and success in protecting their lives and creating a conducive environment for the pursuit of their welfare. “The Forum is also concerned that rising tensions around political and electoral competition towards 2019 general elections will represent additional threats to national security and the conduct of free and fair elections under a safe and secure atmosphere. “The pronounced presence of physical violence in campaigns and other political activities, as well as reckless and irresponsible utterances by some political office holders/religious and community leaders should be condemned and eliminated by those with the responsibility to do so”. Announcing the setting up of the special committee to unite the Northern region, the elders stated: “The Forum restates it commitment to improve all relations with other groups in the North to enhance Northern unity. It accepted the report from its secretariat for the expansion of its presence and impact in all parts of the North. “The Forum has decided also to set up a special high powered committee to pro-actively intervene in the peace and socio-economic unity of the North, especially in Benue, Kogi, Zamfara, Taraba, Plateau and Kaduna states
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