Retired army chiefs, former governors, ex-ministers, amongst other North-central leaders met in Abuja over the insecurity in Nigeria.
amongst those in attendance were former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu; ex-Governors of Nasarawa and Kwara States, Umaru Al-Makura and Abdulfatah Ahmed; Gabriel Aduku, ex-Minister of state for health.
The prominent residents demanded that challenges affecting the region be addressed for the return of peace and safety.
The assembly was convened ahead of the July summit on security being organised with the aid of the North crucial Peoples’ forum (NCPF).
NCPF Board of Trustees Chairman, Jeremiah Useni (rtd) presided. The retired Lieutenant general was the Minister in-charge of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the Sani Abacha regime.
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In his feedback, Al Makura, currently the Nasarawa South Senator, decried the security situation in the North-central.
“Our region has usually been known as the home of tourism, harmony, and stable minerals; the confluence of the 2 predominant rivers within the country, the food basket of the nation.
“regrettably, diverse acts of lawlessness have affected peace. We can't sit back and watch those trends without taking action”, he Stated.
Ahmed referred to that even Kwara, that's usually appeared as incredibly safe, was witnessing incidents of banditry.
“once forewarned, a sensible cripple will not be stuck up inside the thick of struggle”, he said.
Mantu, in his contribution, explained that the NCPF is completely apolitical and only interested in the wellness of the people.
Useni also clarified that former military chiefs on the meeting are non-partisan and are within the forum to apply their reports to provide recommendation.
“Maj. Gen. Wahab Garuba from Kwara, Rear Admiral Christopher Ehamo from Benue are retired Generals who have no party affiliation.
“they're here to add value to what we are doing”, Useni introduced.
NCPF Secretary general, Khaleel Bolaji, Prof Joseph Golwa, Dr. Fatima Kabir-Gaya, Galadima Tatari Gbako also attended.