Tofa, Jega, others move to end insecurity in North

Some concerned sons and daughters of northern Nigeria have taken steps towards ending the current security crisis bedeviling the region and other parts of the country.

The prominent people who are worried over the incessant killing and abduction of innocent citizens of the country initiated a non-partisan platform, Abuja Roundtable, on strategies to curb the challenges facing the region.

Some of the personalities that form the roundtable include elder statesman, Alhaji Bashir Tofa; former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega; Ms Naja’atu Tijjani, some members of Police Service Commission and other concerned citizens of the region.

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Tofa, former Presidential Candidate of the defunct National Republican Congress (NRC), who briefed newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, explained that the formation of the group was aimed at collectively addressing the challenges of insecurity and underdevelopment in the North.

“We are fully aware that attaining these objectives is not going to be easy as the conditions and forces of division have taken root and have been left to fester unchecked over a long period.

“But the journey of a thousand miles, they say, begins with a single step. We are also hopeful that, as collective victims who have paid the price of division, our people have arrived at the realisation that unity is required to resolve other challenges afflicting the region.

“Recent consultations with eminent political, traditional and religious leaders across the north are encouraging. They reveal a strong desire to remove all obstacles to northern unity and a commitment to overcome its challenges.

“We are going to work towards widening and deepening these consultations in the coming weeks, months and, if necessary, years in order to attain our objectives,” Tofa said.

According to him, the major challenge facing residents of the region currently is the fear of suspicion, stressing that they need to jettison unhealthy division and create consensus around common goals and aspirations.