The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has attributed the challenges of poverty and under-development in the country, to the irresponsibility of Buhari-led administration.
The NEF Chairman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, while speaking with newsmen, shortly after the forum’s meeting in Zaria, said the incessant bandits’ attack in the North portrays the failure of the government.
Abdullahi called on the president to exhibit a higher level of concern to the citizens, especially those in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Benue, Niger, Plateau and Taraba States.
The NEF also lambasted the other tiers of government for failing to address poverty level and underdevelopment in their respective states, saying that Nigeria is endowed with resources, but lack political will to address problems.
He said, “We also demand a decisive, comprehensive and fundamental government actions against poverty, underdevelopment and insecurity affecting North as well as show leadership and compassion which are the reciprocal expectation of the Nigerian people.”
NEF said recent report of an international organisation revealed that 90 per cent of the over 13.5 million children out-of-school in the country were from the North.
It added, “The children will be adult in the next 10 years; no education, no vocational training, what do you expect then? Insecurity situation.”
Abdullahi further said “It has become imperative for the forum to call President Muhammadu Buhari to respond to threats faced by northern Nigerians following incessant killings in some states,” he observed.