Prominent northerners on Wednesday met in Kaduna over the state of the nation, saying some of the attacks of northerners in the South were meant to provoke the region.
The pan-Northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, made the assertion at a northern summit organised by the Professor Ango Abdullahi-led Northern Elders’ Forum which was held at the Arewa House, Kaduna.
But southern groups including Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere, criticised the ACF’s position.
This was just as the Chairman of the Northern Elders’ Forum and former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Ango Abdullahi, said the region would not vote for anybody along ethnic line in 2023.
Abdullahi noted politicians that would be voted for must have the socio-economic development plans for the region irrespective of tribe and religion, adding that those who care for the people before, during and after elections would have their votes.
The former VC, who is the convener of the northern people’s summit on barriers between the people and their leaders, said the region must, “think out of the box and elect new sets of leaders who will do a lot better than the current ones.”
Abdullahi also admonished those agitating for the breakup of the country to have a rethink as according to him, secession was not a solution to any grievanceHe urged the Federal Government to take seriously issues of threat to disintegration of the country.
He also said Boko Haram and Fulani bandits were not problems of the North, but threat to the Nigerian nation.
He, however, noted that those who thought that they could solve the criminality among elements of Fulani through ethnic cleansing, made a terrible mistake