Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Northern leaders, including serving and former senators, religious leaders, bureaucrats and technocrats, yesterday said they will only support a presidential candidate who shows commitment and capacity to address the challenges facing the region.
This is even as the stakeholders drawn from the 19 states of the North lamented the insecurity, disunity, backwardness and other social issues militating against the development of the region.
They also bemoaned the inability of the region’s leaders to set in motion, steps towards addressing the problems facing it.
At a two-day conference in Abuja organised by a pro-northern group, Arewa New Agenda (ANA), the speakers decried the erosion of the unity that once held the region together.
The secretary general, AREWA Consultative Forum, Murtala Aliyu, noted that the region must “reinforce its confidence and negotiate with the country’s political leadership to ensure its speedy development.”
This is as he regretted that for long leaders from the north had pursued “narrow and personal interest as against the interest of the people of the area.”
His position was corroborated by the director, AREWA House, Dr Shuaibu Aliyu, whose submission observed that the region remains the binding force unifying the country…