North’s apex socio-cultural body, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has declared that Nigeria cannot survive without the North, even as it called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to end killing and kidnapping of women and children in the region.
The ACF Chairman and a former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie stated this yesterday while addressing the leadership of the foremost northern women socio-cultural organisation, Jam’iyya Matan Arewa, JMA, who visited the forum’s National Working Committee, NWC.
He said, “We all know that without the North, Nigeria can never survive. We still stand by it. But now is the time to walk the talk in the interest of our people.
“Chibok girls are still missing. Now it has gone to Dapchi in Yobe State. What happened? Are we always going to be the victims? Boko Haram; see what they did to the Northeast. They have spread over to the Northcentral and even to the southern part of the country.
“Should we continue to be regarded in the negative side? No. We are leaders in our own right and we must exercise this responsibility for our people.
“Whenever there is crisis, women and children are always the major victims. Enough is enough. Enough of killings of our women and children, enough of kidnapping of our daughters and enough of destruction of our property. We are proud that you have come forward to meet us to discuss this issue.”
In her remarks, JMA Chairperson Aishatu Pamela Sadauki, who was represented by Hajiya Aliko Muhammed, said their visit was to discuss how to protect children and women from incessant attacks.
She stated that as mothers, they had been alarmed by continued abduction of children and unwarranted killings, particularly in the region, insisting that it was imperative to address the situation now.