Northern group seeks better deal for region

Ugo Okoro

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Leading northern groups have held a summit in Kaduna, seeking a better deal for the region.

In a communique read by Hakeem Baba Ahmed, the groups urged “all leaders, elders and communities to seek peaceful resolutions of conflicts between and among communities. All persons who are involved in killings and crimes against communities must be brought to book.

We demand immediate and decisive steps to improve the security of lives and economic assets in the North by the federal and state governments. ”

They warned that “no Northern politician should expect to be voted for in the next general election unless they demonstrate a willingness to champion a massive assault on poverty and underdevelopment in the North.

The summit added that :”It will resist shedding its blood for any candidate, and will critically scrutinize all politicians who will seek our mandate.  We must stand up and unite against those who kill villagers in Kogi, in Zamfara, in Benue, in Adamawa, in Borno, in Kaduna, in Taraba and in every village or town.”

The Summit welcomed the release of the Dapchi girls, and urged the government to intensify efforts to secure the release of all other abducted Nigerians.

“It calls on the government to ensure that no abductions occur again, and all communities are sufficiently protected and young Nigerians are free to acquire education without fear,” the statement concluded.