Unity Crises: Northern Leaders Declare Support for Restructuring

Insists that restructuring the country is now a vital necessity for survival as one united entity.

After a summit that lasted 2 days, Arewa elders have declared support for calls to restructure the country, admitting it is the only way Nigeria could realise its potentials for economic and political development.

The Summit, which ended yesterday, was organised by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and other leaders of the region to address the socio-economic and political malice that have plagued the region and the country at large.

In a communiqué issued after the Summit, the Arewa leaders said, “The North believes that restructuring the country is now a vital necessity for survival as one united entity.”

In supporting the restructuring agenda for the nation, they agreed that northern elites and political leadership should improve “their levels of sensitivity to inclusiveness and management of the North’s pluralism.

“The north will be stronger if it addresses its internal weaknesses, particularly around ethnoreligious matters, as it relates to its challenges with the rest of Nigeria.

“Perception and practice of creating minorities and majorities among northerners should have no place in the north, nor is discrimination based on place, faith or ethnic group of any Northerner.

“The North will not be stampeded or blackmailed into taking major decisions around rotating the Presidency. The North draws the attention of the country to the inherent fragility of the Nigerian State.”

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